Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Moving the Insertion Point Around a Document
When you scroll a document, you change the part of the document that is displayed on
the screen. But to change the location in the document where new text will appear when
you type, you need to move the insertion point. In the last section, you moved the insertion
point by scrolling up and then clicking where you wanted to insert new lines and text. You
can also use the arrow keys on your keyboard, , , , and , to move the insertion
point one character at a time to the left or right, or one line at a time up or down. In addi-
tion, you can press a combination of keys to move the insertion point. As you become
more experienced with Word, you’ll decide which method you prefer.
Megan asks you to add her middle initial to the signature line. Before you can do that,
you need to make sure you’re comfortable moving the insertion point around the document.
To see how quickly you can move through the document, you’ll use keystrokes to move the
insertion point to the beginning and end of the document.
To move the insertion point with keystrokes:
1. Press the Ctrl key and hold it down while you press the Home key. The insertion point
moves to the beginning of the document.
2. Press the Page Down key to move the insertion point down to the top of the next screen.
3. Press the key several times to move the insertion point down one line at a time, and
then press the
key several times to move the insertion point to the right one charac-
ter at a time.
4. Press the Ctrl+End keys. The insertion point moves to the end of the document.
5. Use the arrow keys to position the insertion point to the right of the “n” in “Megan.”
6. Press the spacebar , and then type the letter L followed by a period.
Figure 1-24 summarizes the keystrokes you can use to move the insertion point around
the document. When you simply need to display a part of a document, you’ll probably
want to use the vertical scroll bar. But when you actually need to move the insertion point
to a specific spot, it’s helpful to use these special keystrokes.
Keystrokes for moving the insertion point
To move the insertion point
Left or right one character at a time
Up or down one line at a time
Left or right one word at a time
Up or down one paragraph at a time
Home or End
To the beginning or to the end of the current line
Ctrl+Home or Ctrl+End
To the beginning or to the end of the document
Page Up or Page Down
To the previous screen or to the next screen
Alt+Ctrl+Page Up or Alt+Ctrl+Page Down
To the top or to the bottom of the document window