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The beauty of word processing is that it's very easy to modify text. Although this course is a whole chapter devoted to basic text editing, I'll give you a glimpse of what you can do by showing you how to insert or delete text. Let's suppose you want to insert the word family before the word recipes in this document. That's this word right here. Because typed text always appears at the insertion point, you'll need to start by positioning the insertion point in front of the word recipes. Then there are two main ways to do this.
One way is to press the arrow keys: up, down, left or right. So for example, I need to go up a few lines, so I'll press the up key a few times, and I need to go to the left a little bit so I'll press the left arrow key to move over there. This is handy if you're a keyboard person and you only have to move a few lines or characters. Another way is to use the mouse. You'll want to position the mouse pointer where you want the insertion point to move. So I want to go right here. As you move the mouse you'll see that it looks like an I-beam pointer in the document.
You put into position and you click once,. You have to click. If you don't click, the insertion point won't move and when you click, make sure you don't move the mouse as you're clicking. If you do, you'll actually drag and you might select some text. So let's click up here again in front of recipes to position the insertion point where we want to put that word and when the insertion point is blinking happily where you want to insert the text, type the text you want to insert. I want to type in the word family. If it's a whole word, be sure to type any spaces either before or after the word.
In this case I need a space after the word. The word gets inserted with the space. Now you can use a similar technique to delete text. For example, suppose you want to remove the word traditional. That's right over here. You can click right after that word, position the insertion point there, and then you can just press the delete key on the keyboard. That will delete the characters immediately to the left of the insertion point. So I'll just keep pressing that until the word and the space before it is gone.
Now that's just one way to delete text. I show you other ways in the basic text editing chapter. Overall, I find these two techniques handy for making quick edits as I write, usually to correct typos. For more extensive editing I rely in the techniques covered in the basic text editing chapter later in the course.
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