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Formatting in general

Once you understand the basic rule of changing anything on the Macintosh, you can bumble your way through any program. This is the rule:

Select first. Then do it to it.

That is, the trick is to select what you want to change, and then go to the menu and make a formatting choice. In a word processor, select text by pressing-and-dragging over the text:

Position the I-beam at one end of what you want to select, then press the mouse button down, hold it down, and drag to the other end.

Many changes can be made right from the "ruler," that strip across the top of the page that has all the little icons on it (below), or from the "toolbar" (next page), as well as going to menus and choosing formatting commands.

Tip

If you miss the last character or two while selecting text, hold down the Shift key, then press-and-drag to select more (or to select less).


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