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Entering Text

After you have opened a new document, you are ready to start entering text. Notice that a blinking vertical element called the insertion point appears in the upper-left corner of your new document. This is where new text will be entered.

Begin typing text from the keyboard. The insertion point moves to the right as you type. As soon as you reach the end of the line, the text automatically wraps to the next line if you are using word wrap.

When you reach the end of a paragraph in Word, you must press the Enter key to manually insert a line break. If you want to view the manually placed line breaks (called paragraph marks) in your document, click the Show/Hide button on the Word Standard toolbar.

If the Show/Hide button is not visible on the Word toolbar, click the Tool Options button located at the end of the Standard toolbar. From the shortcut menu that appears, select Add or Remove Buttons and then Standard. A drop-down box of other buttons, including the Show/Hide button, appears. Clicking this button adds it to the Standard toolbar. When you are finished, click outside the drop-down box to return to your document. Now you can turn the Show/Hide option on and off as previously described.

Tip

How Word Views Paragraphs Word considers any line or series of lines followed by a line break (created when you press the Enter key) a separate paragraph. This concept becomes very important when you deal with paragraph formatting issues, such as line spacing, indents, and paragraph borders.


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