About Click and Type

You can quickly insert text, graphics, tables, or other items in a blank area of a document by using Click and Type. Just double-click in a blank area, and Click and Type automatically applies the paragraph formatting (paragraph formatting: Formatting that controls the appearance of a paragraph. Examples include indentation, alignment, line spacing, and pagination.) necessary to position the item where you double-clicked.

For example, to create a title page, double-click in the middle of a blank page and type a centered title. Then, double-click the lower-right margin of the page and type a right-aligned author name.

To determine which formatting Click and Type will apply when you double-click, watch the Click and Type pointer (Click and Type pointer shapes: Indicate which formatting will be applied when you double-click: a left-aligned, centered, or right-aligned tab stop; a left indent; or left or right text wrapping.). As you move the pointer into a specific formatting "zone," the pointer shape indicates which formatting will be applied:

Pointer shape Formatting applied
Align left pointer Align left
Align center pointer Align center
Align right pointer Align right
Left indent pointer Left indent
Left text wrap pointer Left text wrap
Right text wrap pointer Right text wrap

ShowWhere to use Click and Type

Work with Click and Type in either print layout view (Print Layout view: A view of a document or other object as it will appear when you print it. For example, items such as headers, footnotes, columns, and text boxes appear in their actual positions.) or Web layout view (Web Layout view: A view of a document as it will appear in a Web browser. For example, the document appears as one long page (without page breaks) and text and tables wrap to fit in the window.) to insert items in most blank areas of a document. For example, you can insert a graphic below the end of the document; there's no need to press ENTER to add blank lines. Or you can type text to the right of an existing paragraph without having to manually add a tab stop.

Click and Type isn't available in the following areas: multiple columns, bulleted and numbered lists, next to floating objects (floating object: A graphic or other object that is inserted in the drawing layer so that you can position it precisely on the page or in front of or behind text or other objects.), to the left or right of pictures with top and bottom text wrapping, or to the left or right of indents.

ShowHow to see what type of formatting has been applied

If you want to determine which formatting Click and Type has applied to an existing item, you can use the Formatting toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.) to view the alignment settings. You can also use the horizontal ruler (horizontal ruler: A bar marked off in units of measure (such as inches) that is displayed across the top of the document window.) to view the indents and tab stops. To see the tab characters in the document, turn on the formatting marks.

When you insert an item below an existing paragraph, Click and Type formats the item with the default paragraph style specified on the Edit tab (Tools menu, Options command). If you want to apply a different style to new items, you can specify the default paragraph style.

Applies to:
Word 2003