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The Basics > Word Processing also known as “typing”

Chapter 13. Word Processing also known as “typing”

You may have grown up typing on a typewriter or you may have grown up word processing on a computer of some sort. Typing and word processing are very similar, of course, in that they use a similar keyboard. The difference is that word processing is much more fun. You can delete text with the click of a button; rearrange single words, paragraphs, or entire pages of text; automatically number all the pages; resize the text so it fills out the requirement for your project; use italic, bold, and different typefaces for emphasis; and much more.

You’re going to be typing everywhere on your Mac. In some applications typing is the main point, as in word processing, page layout, and email. In others, it is the way to input the data (information) you need to manipulate, as in databases or spreadsheets. In others, typing is a sideline that is occasionally necessary, as in paint programs. And all over your Mac you’ll find dialog boxes where you type some answer or other, and even on your Desktop you type the names of files and folders. Fortunately, in the consistent Mac environment, typing follows the same patterns and features everywhere, so you should read this chapter no matter how you plan to use your computer.


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