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Microsoft Word - Add and Edit Text

Most of your time in Word is spent adding words, sentences, and paragraphs to your document and editing them. Use these text-editing tips to help you get it done faster.

Add text

  1. Open an existing document.

  2. Place the cursor where you want to add the new text.

    • If the document is blank, you can move the cursor to be left, right, or center aligned and double-click. Or you can double-click anywhere to start adding text.

    • If the document already has text, just click where you want to start typing.

  3. Begin typing.

  4. Press Enter to end a line or paragraph and start a new one.

Tip: Press Shift + F5 to place the cursor where you were typing when you last closed the document.

Replace text

  1. Select the text you want to replace.

  2. Begin typing.

Select text

  • To select a single word, quickly double-click that word.

  • To select a line of text, place your cursor at the start of the line, and press Shift + down arrow.

  • To select a paragraph, place your cursor at the start of the paragraph, and press Ctrl + Shift + down arrow.

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Keywords:microsoft word add edit text document office 365   Doc ID:79519
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2018-01-22 10:02 MDTUpdated:2018-05-23 15:02 MDT
Sites:New Mexico State University
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