Tame your computer - with a double-click trick

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In her regular series for Cambridge Network members - now in its 15th year - software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'.  This week she describes how to insert content in the middle of the page by double-clicking (Microsoft Word) .

Many many moons ago (back in 2007) I wrote about Word’s Click and Type feature. But I must admit that I had totally forgotten about this dinky way to create, for example, a title page in Word without having to press the ENTER key umpteen times and using the Center button until I saw an ad about Royal Mail’s Click & Drop. (And no, I’m not getting paid to endorse its products ;) So I felt it was time to dust it off…

Here’s how:

  1. Double-click in a blank area in the middle of the page.
  2. Enter your text or insert a picture, as normal.

For those of you who display the hidden formatting symbols you will notice that paragraph marks have been entered and that the necessary alignment has been applied. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, look out for the button in the Paragraph group on the Home tab that looks like a reversed P. Do you ever switch it on? I tend to use it when I inherit somebody else's Word documents, but don't have a clue what's going on. Did they use tabs, or spaces or tables? Is there a page break or a section break? Along with SHIFT + F1 it can really help reveal what’s going on in your document.

By the way, you can also use the double-click trick to insert and align text or pictures with the left or right margin.

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As part of my quest to help you make the most of Microsoft Office I began publishing weekly tips back in 2003 (and they have been appearing regularly on the Cambridge Network website for 15 years!) .

I meticulously test every tip I write to make sure it is correct, easy to understand and time-saving. To help you put these "quick wins" into practice ,I have developed a series of 60-minute webinars, giving you the opportunity to see them in action. Even if you believe you have mastered MS Office, I guarantee you will go away with new and easy to use tricks and shortcuts that you never would have found on your own.

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16 November 2020

Karen Roem offers software training and support through her company Roem Ltd.  Contact her by email (Karen@roem.co.uk) or visit her website at www.roem.co.uk


Karen Roem
Microsoft Office-ionado

Roem Ltd – software training and support