Microsoft Word 2013 Part 1: Introduction to Word
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Most documents require some editing. After creating a document, you may want to add or
remove text, or move text from one place to another. This section covers how to perform basic
tasks such as selecting, deleting, copying, and moving text; and undoing and redoing changes.
Before you can edit text, you must first select the text that you want to modify. You can use the
mouse, the keyboard, or the selection area (an invisible area in the document’s left margin) to
make a selection. Selected text appears highlighted on the screen.
To select text:
Do the following:
To select a word, double-click anywhere in the word.
To select a sentence, hold down the
key and click anywhere in the sentence.
To select a line, click in the selection area to the left of the line.
To select a paragraph, triple-click anywhere in the paragraph. Or, double-click in the
selection area to the left of the paragraph.
To select the entire document, triple-click in the selection area. Or, press
To select adjacent words, lines, or paragraphs, drag the mouse pointer over the text.
Or, click at the beginning of the text, and then hold down the
key and click at
the end of the text.
To select non-adjacent words, lines, or paragraphs, make the first selection, and then
hold down the
key and make the second selection.
NOTE: To deselect selected text, click anywhere in the document.
You can delete text one character at a time by positioning the cursor, and then pressing the
key to delete the character to the left of the cursor or the
key to delete the
character to the right of the cursor. You can also select and delete a word, sentence, paragraph, or
block of text.
To delete text:
Select the text that you want to delete, and then press the
Moving and Copying Text
When editing a document, you may want to duplicate text in another location, or you may want
to remove (cut) text from its original location and place it in a new location.