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Hour 2. Entering Text and Moving Around > Navigating Through Text

Navigating Through Text

As you're typing a document, you will surely want to revise what you've written. Maybe you want to add a paragraph earlier in the document, change some wording, or delete a sentence or two. Before you can edit your text, however, you have to move the insertion point (navigate) to the location where you want to make the change. Word enables you to navigate with both the keyboard and the mouse. In the remainder of this hour, you will practice both types of navigation techniques.

It's important to differentiate between the insertion point and the I-beam (see Figure 2.8). The insertion point is the flashing vertical bar that shows where text will be inserted or deleted. When you navigate with the keyboard, the insertion point moves as you press the navigation keys. The I-beam is the mouse pointer that appears when you move the mouse over text. It does not show you where text will be inserted or deleted. In fact, its sole mission in life is to move the insertion point when you click. (If you're using the click-and-type feature, you need to double-click. This is discussed in “Inserting New Text into Existing Text” later in this hour.)

Figure 2.8. The insertion point shows you where text will be inserted or deleted; the I-beam lets you move the insertion point.




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