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Office 2007: The Missing Manual by E. A. Vander Veer, Matthew MacDonald, Chris Grover

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Selecting Text

Even among the best writers, the first draft needs a lot of editing before it's ready for public viewing. You'll need to change words, delete boring parts, and move sentences (or even whole paragraphs) to reorganize your text.

To insert a character in your text, either double-click the character or single-click it, and then click Insert. The right-hand tab—Special Characters—contains a list of specialized punctuation marks like dashes and nonbreaking hyphens.

Figure 2-4.  To insert a character in your text, either double-click the character or single-click it, and then click Insert. The right-hand tab—Special Characters—contains a list of specialized punctuation marks like dashes and nonbreaking hyphens.

In Word, as in most programs, you have to select something before you can do anything to it. Say you want to change the word “good” to “awesome”: Select “good,” and then type your new, improved adjective in its place. To delete or move a block of text, first select it, and then use the mouse, keyboard, or ribbon commands to do the deed. Since selection is such a fundamental editing skill, Word gives you many different and new ways to do it, including the mini-toolbar (see Figure 2-5). If you've been dragging your mouse around for the past 20 years, you're lagging behind. This section shows you some timesaving selection techniques—with and without the mouse.

As you make selections, you'll notice the mini-toolbar pops up occasionally. It's faint at first, but when you move the mouse toward the toolbar, it comes into focus, giving you easy access to the most often used formatting commands, including the format painter.

Figure 2-5. As you make selections, you'll notice the mini-toolbar pops up occasionally. It's faint at first, but when you move the mouse toward the ...

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