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Type some text!

Just go ahead and type. When you get to the end of the line, do not hit the Return key! Just let the type bump into the right edge; it will "wrap" itself onto the next line all by itself. (That's called "word wrap.")

After you have typed a paragraph, go ahead and hit the Return key. In fact, you can hit it twice if you want more space between the paragraphs (later, though, you should read the AppleWorks user's guide [you'll find it in the AppleWorks folder] to learn how to put extra space between the lines without hitting two Returns).


Type one space after periods. This is professional-level type you are creating, not typewriter-level. Read The Mac is not a typewriter. By me, of course.

To fix typos along the way: If you made a typo just a character or so ago, hit the "Delete" key, found in the upper right of the main section of keys (where the Backspace key is found on typewriters). This will move the insertion point to the left and backspace over the characters, deleting them. Make the change and continue typing.

To fix typos somewhere else on the page: If the typo is farther back in the line or in another paragraph, of course you don't have to delete all of the characters up to that point! That would be really boring. This is what you do:

  1. Put your hand on the mouse and move around on the page (don't click the button!). You'll see that the pointer turns into what's called an I-beam while it's positioned over text:.


    If you want to delete everything on the page and start over, go to the Edit menu and choose "Select All." Then hit the Delete key.

    If you drag the mouse so this I-beam "cursor" is outside of the text area, it turns into a pointer again. Inside the text, it's an I-beam.


    cursor: A general term for the moving thing, whether it appears as a pointer, I-beam, insertion point, or anything else.

  2. Okay. So position that I-beam directly to the right of the character you want to delete, right between it and the next character, like this:

  3. Click the mouse button right there. This moves the insertion point from wherever it was and positions it where you click. You can't see the insertion point, though, until you move the I-beam out of the way. So go ahead and push the mouse to the side (don't hold the button down) so the I-beam floats around somewhere else. What you need is that insertion point. It should look like this:

  4. Now that the insertion point is in position, hit the Delete key to remove the wrong character (the one to the left of the insertion point), and type the correct character.

  5. To put your insertion point back at the end of your document so you can continue typing (or to put it somewhere else to correct another typo):

    • Use the mouse to position the I-beam where you want it.

    • Click once.

    • Move the I-beam out of the way. Typing starts at the insertion point, not at the I-beam!


If you like to keep your hands on the keyboard, you can also use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move the insertion point around. Try it.

So type a page. If you want to remove everything you've done so far and start over, go to the Edit menu and choose "Select All," then hit Delete.

Try this: Type a headline, then hit two Returns. Type a few paragraphs like the ones shown below. Type a byline at the end ("by" you). Fix your typos. Enjoy yourself. When you've got a few paragraphs, turn the page (of this book) and we'll format the text (change the size, the typeface, indents, etc.).

This is an example of text typed in the word processor of AppleWorks. Yours will look a little different, of course.

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