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Chapter 4. Creating and Formatting Text > Entering and Editing Text

Entering and Editing Text

Entering text in FrontPage works almost identically to typing in a word processing program. When your typing reaches the right edge of the document window, the text automatically wraps to the next line. Similarly, you use the cursor to select text, which then can be moved, copied, or pasted elsewhere.

To enter text on a Web page

1.
If you’re not already in page view, click the Page icon in the Views Bar (Figure 4.1). Also make sure the Normal tab at the bottom of the page is active (Figure 4.2).

Figure 4.1. Before working with text, switch to page view by clicking the Page icon in the Views Bar.


Figure 4.2. Whenever you’re working with text, make sure the Normal tab is active.


2.
Make sure the Folder List is visible by choosing View > Folder List or by clicking the Folder icon (Figure 4.3).

Figure 4.3. It’s easier to jump from file to file with the Folder List visible. Choose View > Folder List or click the Folder icon.


3.
Select the page on which you want to enter text by double-clicking its listing in the Folder List pane.

4.
Within the right pane, click your cursor where you want to enter text on the page. A blinking vertical bar will mark the text insertion spot (Figure 4.4).

Figure 4.4. Click inside the right pane to begin adding text to a Web page.


5.
Start typing and the text will appear on the page at the insertion spot (Figure 4.5).

Figure 4.5. Because the HTMLcode is hidden, entering text in FrontPage is quite similar to using a standard word processor.


To move the text cursor

1.
Use your mouse or the arrow keys to move the cursor to where you want to insert text. An I-beam will mark the cursor’s screen location (Figure 4.6).

Figure 4.6. Click where you want to insert text and a blinking vertical bar will appear.


2.
Click at the insertion point and the blinking vertical bar will move to that spot (Figure 4.7). You’re ready to begin typing at the new spot.

Figure 4.7. Begin typing at the vertical bar and the text will be inserted.


Tips

  • To jump from word to word, press or .

  • To jump from paragraph to paragraph, press or


To select text

1.
Position your cursor at the beginning or end of the text you want to select.

2.
Click and drag your cursor to select the text, which will become highlighted (Figure 4.8).

Figure 4.8. Click and drag the cursor to highlight and select text for editing.


3.
You now can copy the selected text or cut it to the clipboard for pasting elsewhere .

To delete text

1.
Position your cursor at the beginning or end of the text you want to select.

2.
Click and drag your cursor to select the text, which will become highlighted (Figure 4.8).

3.
Press or and the text will be deleted (Figure 4.9).

Figure 4.9. Press or and any highlighted text will be deleted.


Table 4.1. Shortcuts for selecting text
TO SELECT PRESS
Character to right of cursor
Character to left of cursor
Single word Double-click
Word to right of cursor
Word to left of cursor
From cursor to end of line
From cursor to beginning of line
From cursor to line down
From cursor to line up
Entire paragraph
To end of paragraph
To beginning of paragraph
Paragraph below cursor
Paragraph above cursor
To end of next screen
To beginning of previous screen


Table 4.2. Shortcuts for deleting text
TO DELETE PRESS
Character to right of cursor
Character to left of cursor
Word to right of cursor
Word to left of cursor


To move text

1.
Select the text you want to move (Figure 4.10).

Figure 4.10. To move text, first select with your cursor.


2.
Click and drag the highlighted text to its new location (Figure 4.11).

Figure 4.11. Once you’ve highlighted the text, drag your cursor to the text’s new location.


3.
Release the cursor and the text will be moved to the new spot (Figure 4.12).

Figure 4.12. Release your cursor where you want the text inserted and it will move from its previous spot.


Tips

  • You also can select the text, cut it to the clipboard click where you want to move it, and paste it in place (Figure 4.13).

    Figure 4.13. To cut text, choose Edit > Cut . To paste text, choose Edit > Paste .

  • If the Standard toolbar is active, you also can click the Cut, Copy, or Paste icons (Figure 4.14).

    Figure 4.14. FrontPage’s Standard toolbar includes icons for cutting, copying, or pasting any text you select.


To undo an action

  • Choose Edit > Undo or press . The previous action will be undone.

To redo an action

  • Choose Edit > Redo or press . The previous action will be reapplied.

Tips

  • Both the Undo and Redo choices under the Edit menu change, depending on the previous action (Figure 4.15).

    Figure 4.15. The Undo (left) and Redo (right) choices under the Edit menu change, based on the previous action.

  • If the Standard toolbar is active, you also can click the Undo or Redo icons, which include drop-down menus listing the most recent actions (Figure 4.16).

    Figure 4.16. The Standard toolbar contains Undo and Redo icons, which include drop-down menus showing the most recent actions.


To add a line break to text

1.
Within the right pane, click your cursor where you want the text to break to a new line.

2.
Choose Insert > Break (Figure 4.17).

Figure 4.17. To add a line break to text, choose Insert > Break.


3.
When the Break dialog box appears, Normal line break will be selected by default (Figure 4.18). Click OK and a line break will be inserted (Figure 4.19). For details on the box’s margin-related choices, see Formatting Paragraphs.

Figure 4.18. In the Break dialog box, Normal line break will be selected by default. Click OK and the break will be inserted.


Figure 4.19. Once a line break is inserted, the text will break to the next line—without you having to enter the HTMLcode.


Tips

  • You also can insert a line break by typing

  • To remove a line break, place the cursor on the beginning of the line before the break and press The break will be removed.


To add a paragraph

1.
Within the right pane, click your cursor where you want the paragraph to appear in the text (Figure 4.20).

Figure 4.20. Click your cursor where you want a paragraph to appear.


2.
Press and a paragraph will be inserted into the text (Figure 4.21).

Figure 4.21. Press and a paragraph will be inserted into the text.


Showing line break and paragraph marks

Just as with word processing programs, you have the option of displaying normally hidden symbols that mark the location of line breaks and paragraph within the text.

To show/hide break and paragraph marks
  • Click the Show All icon in the Standard toolbar (Figure 4.22). The text will display all line break and paragraph return marks (Figure 4.23). To hide the marks, click the Show All icon again.

    Figure 4.22. To show/hide line break and paragraph marks, click the Show All icon in the Standard toolbar.


    Figure 4.23. The Show All icon lets you see normally hidden symbols that mark line breaks and paragraphs.


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