1. Type the following short piece of text and DO NOT press [↵Enter] while typing - notice how the computer automatically starts a new line when it is required while you are typing. This is called "word wrap". Don't worry if you make any mistakes just carry on typing as fast as you can:
Mary had a small lamb its fleece was as black as snow and everywhere that Mary went the lamp was sure to go out.
2. Press the key which is marked [←] (found immediately above [↵Enter] on the keyboard). Press it a few times and notice what happens to the last word you typed.
3. The flashing line found on the screen at the position where you type the next character is called the cursor.
The four keys with arrows on them [←] [↑] [↓] [→] (found in the separate block to the right of the keyboard) are called the arrow or cursor keys because they enable you to move the cursor around the text so that you can type anywhere you like. Press each of them a few times in sequence to see what happens.
4. Move the cursor using these keys to a position just to the right of the last "l" in the word small and press the Back Space (delete) key [←] five times to delete the whole word. Now type the correct word little in its place.
Now use these keys to make the text look exactly as follows:
Mary had a little lamb its fleece was white as snow and everywhere that Mary went the lamb was sure to go.
Note: If your word processing application is capable of making use of the mouse you will probably find this a quicker and easier way to move the cursor to any point in the text.
5. Have your work checked on screen by your teacher then select File/Close/No to close and not save your work. If you are going onto the next task now: then start a fresh page by selecting File/New/OK.
Page last updated 23/05/2003 © Copyright, I.D.Lee,
Didcot Girls' School.