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TECH TIP:  Click and Type

Did you know that you can double-click your mouse anywhere in a blank document and place the cursor (sometimes called the “I-Beam”) at that spot and then begin typing

Say you want to make a title page for a report and you want the title spaced down the page around 3 inches and you want it centered.  So, here’s what you do.  (Note:  Be sure your ruler is showing at the top and along the left side.  If it isn’t, click on the View menu and click on Ruler)

  1. Start your new document
  2. Move you cursor (I-Beam) so that it is around the 2 inch mark (down the page).  (I thought you said 3 inches from the top.  I did, but don’t forget you have a one inch top margin.  So you need to set the cursor at the 2-inch spot – not the 3-inch spot).
  3. NOTICE that as you are moving the cursor around the document, you see these very small lines to the right, or to the left, or underneath the I-beam.  Try it – move the I-Beam all the way to the right margin.  Do you see the lines on the left side of the I-Beam? 
  4. OK – lets move the I-Beam to the center at the 2-inch mark (from the top) and double-click.  The cursor is placed in your document and you are ready to type your title.

That’s it – you can “Click and Type” anywhere in your document.  Pretty cool!

 

OK – try this one – position the cursor on the left margin at the 4 inch mark from the top and slowly move it to the right.  When you get around ˝-inch from the left margin, a tiny – very tiny – arrow appears on the right side of the I-Beam.  When you see this tiny arrow appear, it means that if you double-click, you will also be setting the First Line Indent marker in the ruler bar.  Try it – double-click there and look in the ruler bar at the top (your ruler must be showing).  Did the First Line Indent marker move over the ˝ inch mark?  Great!

 

You don’t really have to be in a new document for Click and Type to work.  If you double-click anywhere below the last entry, you can type at the point.  In fact, whenever you see those little lines next to the I-Beam, your Click and Type is ready to work.

 

One last thing – in order for Click and Type to work, it must be enabled.  If none of this stuffed worked for you, then you need to do these steps.

  1. Click on the Tools menu
  2. Click on Options
  3. Click on the Edit tab
  4. Click on box next to Enable Click and Type.

That’s it – you will never need to use that Enter key or Space Bar again to position your cursor – just use Click and Type.

 
 

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