Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Dragging and Dropping Text
Select the text you want to move.
Press and hold down the mouse button until the drag-and-drop pointer appears, and
then drag the selected text to its new location.
Use the dotted insertion point as a guide to determine exactly where the text will be
Release the mouse button to drop the text at the insertion point.
Marilee wants you to change the order of the items in the list on page 1 of the docu-
ment. You’ll use the drag-and-drop method to reorder these items. At the same time, you’ll
practice using the selection bar to highlight a line of text.
To move text using drag and drop:
1. Scroll up until you see “Do I have to do anything to the tree before planting?” (line 29 of
page 1). In the list of steps involved in planting a tree, Marilee wants you to move the third
step (“Remove any tags from the trunk and branches.”) to the top of the list.
2. Move the pointer to the selection bar to the left of the line “Remove any tags from the
trunk and branches.” The pointer changes from an I-beam
to a right-facing arrow
3. Click to the left of the line “Remove any tags from the trunk and branches.” The line is
selected. Notice that the paragraph mark at the end of the line is also selected. See Figure 2-9.
Selected text to drag and drop
selected line of text
4. Position the pointer over the selected text. The pointer changes from a right-facing arrow
to a left-facing arrow
5. Press and hold down the mouse button until the drag-and-drop pointer appears. Note
that a dotted insertion point appears within the selected text. (You may have to move the
mouse pointer slightly left or right to see the drag-and-drop pointer or the dotted inser-
6. Drag the selected text up until the dotted insertion point appears to the left of the word
“Place.” Make sure you use the dotted insertion point, rather than the mouse pointer, to
guide the text to its new location. The dotted insertion point indicates exactly where the
text will appear when you release the mouse button. See Figure 2-10.