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Chapter 14. Prose Programs: Windows XP's... > Finding and Replacing Text - Pg. 166

Prose Programs: Windows XP's Writing Tools 1. 166 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. If you want to turn an existing paragraph into the first item in a bulleted list, first place the cursor anywhere within the paragraph. If you want to convert several paragraphs to bullets, select the paragraphs. Turn on bullets by activating the Format, Bullet Style command. (You can also click the Bul- lets toolbar button or right-click the paragraph and then click Bullet Style.) To create a new bulleted item, move to the end of the last bulleted item and press Enter. Word- Pad dutifully creates another bullet. Enter the text for the new bullet. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until you've entered all your bulleted items. Press Enter twice to tell WordPad to knock off the bulleted style. Figure 14.8. An example of a bulleted list. Fancy-Schmancy Formatting IV: Tabs If you place the cursor on a blank line and press Tab, you'll notice that the cursor leaps ahead by exactly half an inch. Press Tab again, and you get another half-inch jump. These half-inch intervals are known as tab stops , and they're great for making columns or tables that line up like a precision drill team. WordPad goes one better by enabling you to set your own tab stops anywhere you like. The easiest way to do this is via the ruler. To begin, place the cursor inside the paragraph that you want to mess with. Here are the techniques to use: · To set a tab stop--Move your mouse pointer into the ruler at the spot where you want the tab stop to appear, and then click. WordPad adds what looks like a small "L" to the ruler; that's your tab stop. · To move a tab stop--Use your mouse to drag the tab stop marker left or right. · To delete a tab stop--Use your mouse to drag the tab stop marker off the ruler. Just for the record, there is a hard way to set the tabs: select the Format, Tabs command to display the Tabs dialog box. In this case, you enter the position (in inches) where you want the tab to appear, and then click Set. In addition, clicking the Clear All button removes all the tabs from the current paragraph or selection. Finding and Replacing Text Back in Chapter 6, "Using My Computer to Fiddle with Files and Folders," I showed you how to use Windows XP's Search feature to find a file needle in a hard disk haystack. However, what if the haystack is a huge, multipage document and the needle is a word or phrase? Not to worry: Windows XP has a solution. It's called the Find feature, and it's part of both Notepad and WordPad.