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11. Edit and Add Text


Basic text editing in Contribute is pretty straightforward, just like editing text in any word processor or email program you might have used. Here's a rundown, just to refresh your memory…

1.
Position Your Insertion Point

Point to the spot where you want to add text and click. The insertion point, a flashing vertical bar, appears where you clicked to mark the spot where anything you type will appear.

2.
Type Your Text

NOTE

Remember that some pages might have editable and non-editable regions. You'll know a non-editable region by the “block” cursor you'll see when you point to it. If the text you want to edit is in a non-editable region, contact your administrator (see 3 Locate Editable Regions).

Type your text. As you type, existing text is pushed to the right to make room for the new text. The new text takes on the formatting of the text around it. When you reach the end of a line, keep typing—the insertion point jumps automatically to the next line, just as in a word processor. If you make a mistake along the way, use the arrow keys, Backspace key, and Delete key to make repairs.

3.
Replace Existing Text

TIP

When selecting text to replace, avoid selecting the entire paragraph. Leave at least a character or two at the end of the paragraph unselected, type your text, and then delete the remainder of the text, taking care not to delete the invisible paragraph mark at the very end. This ensures that your new text keeps the formatting of the old.

To replace existing text as you type your new text, first select the text you want to replace and then type.

When selecting text to replace, avoid selecting the entire paragraph. Leave at least a character or two at the end of the paragraph unselected, type your text, then delete the remainder of the text, taking care not to delete the invisible paragraph mark at the very end. This ensures that your new text keeps the formatting of the old.

Unlike a word processor, Contribute has no “overtype” mode (where anything you type wipes out what's in front of it). To replace existing text as you type, see step 3.

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