Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Entering text, part of Getting Started with WordPerfect Office X4.
Alright, now that you are familiar with your user interface, you're comfortable in your surroundings, it's time to cover a few of the basics. We are going to open up a WordPerfect document and enter some text. So to open a document, of course there is a couple of different ways we can do that. If you know the keyboard shortcut, you can go ahead and press Ctrl and the letter O together. Of course, if you like to use the menus, you will find Open on the File menu, there it is right there. Of course, one more shortcut is the Open button right here on our Toolbar.
I am going to give that a click, and that's going to take me to my default location, where I have made the Exercise Files folder my default. Now you maybe looking at your Documents folder. If you have got the exercise files, you will want to navigate to that folder to find this file right here called NewsletterA. Notice the icon is the WordPerfect icon next to it, indicating it's a WordPerfect document. With that selected, we can click the Open button to open up that document and begin working on it. Now this document itself you can see is made up of different types of Text, and even this Table at the very top.
I just want to show you something we talked about in the previous lesson quickly. As I click down here on this heading, Roadway Construction Under Way, you can see my Property Bar showing me things like the Font Face, the Font Size, and some Font Options. You will also see that this is a Headline; that's a style that's selected for this particular piece of text. So I am seeing information here about where I have clicked my cursor. Now if I go up here to SouthPointe News, this is inside a Table, and I want you to see what happens to my context sensitive Property Bar.
I click right up in here, and the buttons have changed. I still have some Font buttons, because I can change the look and feel of the text in this Table, but I have also got a number of Table Options here, like Filling up Cells, Formatting, the Background and Foreground Fill Colors. I have got options for Joining and Splitting Rows, Columns and Cell, Selecting a Table, all of these are Table commands on my context sensitive Property Bar. If I click down here in my regular text in the first paragraph, now I am back to those buttons that I am familiar with in the Property Bar when working with Text.
Alright, you may have noticed that some of the words or groupings of words here in this text have that dashed red underline, and that's something called QuickCorrect. WordPerfect is very good at picking out things that are not recognized in the dictionary. For example, SouthPointe, the way you see it here, with a capital P, all one word, is not in the dictionary, however that's not really a spelling mistake. So when I click on SouthPointe right up here, I can actually right click now to see that there are No Suggestions.
I can Add this to the dictionary, or just Skip it in this Document. I can run the Spell Checker, look it up in the Dictionary, or find out more about What This is. Well, I am going to just Skip it in this Document. Typically though, you would want to add it to your Dictionary so it never shows up with that red underline again. I am going to Skip it in this Document, the red underline disappears, and I go on to the next one here; Drive Time Here Good news for residents. Okay, so I just need a space here, between Here and Good. When I hit the Spacebar, because I am in Insert Mode by default, I Insert the space, it pushes my text to the right, and you can see that red underline has disappeared.
Also down here, you can see I need a period after the word area, and then maybe an extra space here as well, so I have got that red underline disappearing here as well. Here is another opportunity where we see the word Corey; it's not a spelling mistake, it's not a typo, just a word not recognized in the dictionary. It's a proper name. I am going to right click on that, and I am going to click Add. Now that's the shortcut, right clicking, but you may have noticed that up here in our Property Bar we have also got the word Carey showing up in red.
This is our Prompt-As-You-Go. We are going to get into detail in this later on in this Title, but as I click this down you will see suggestions for replacements. Not something I want to do, I actually want to add this to the Dictionary. So I am going to come back here. I am going to right click, and I am going to choose Add, and it will never stop at Corey again. Notice that it doesn't appear up here in red either, with any suggested replacements. Alright, when it comes time to entering some text, we know that by default we are in what we call Insert Mode, so anything we type will not type over existing text, but rather insert it pushing that other text off to the right.
So if I come up here where it says April 10, 2008, and I wanted to change that to something else like May 10, 2008, if I click in here in front of April and type in May, you can see its inserted, and now it's time to delete the word April. If I am to the left of the word April, like I am, I would hit my Delete key just above my cursor keys to delete one character at a time. If your cursor is off to the right of April, of course you want to hit your Backspace key to take out any characters to the left of your flashing cursor, until we see May 10, 2008. There we go.
So when it comes to opening up a file in WordPerfect, pretty simple stuff. You just have to navigate to the folder you are looking for, open up that file, and then automatically remember you are in Insert Mode, unless you want to change it to Typeover Mode. If I click down here in my text, I see that Insert down here on my Application Bar, and it's very easy to change it just by clicking to Typeover existing text. We will leave it at Insert Mode, as we move on to the next lesson.
- Exploring the interface
- Formatting documents and pages
- Formatting text and paragraphs
- Opening, editing, and publishing PDFs
- Creating spreadsheets in Quattro Pro
- Creating and playing slideshows
- Using Corel Visual Intelligence
- Creating and sharing notes with Lightning
- Configuring and launching online services
- Finding the five hidden WordPerfect gems