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Get to know Word 2007 I: Create your first document

Ribbon at top of page and insertion point in blank document

Callout 1 The Ribbon at the top of the page.
Callout 2 The insertion point.

Above the document, the Ribbon spans the top of Word. You use buttons and commands on the Ribbon to tell Word what you want to do.

Word waits for you to start typing. The insertion point, a blinking vertical line in the upper-left corner of the page, tells you where the content you type will appear on the page. The blank spaces to the left and above the insertion point are margins, which you'll learn more about later in the course. If you start to type now, the page will begin to fill, starting in the upper-left corner.

If you'd like to start typing further down the page instead of at the very top, press the ENTER key on your keyboard until the insertion point is where you want to type.

If you want to indent the first line you type, press the TAB key on your keyboard before you start to type. This will move the insertion point one-half inch to the right.

As you type, the insertion point moves to the right. When you get to the end of a line on the right side of the page, just continue to type. Word will move on to the next line for you as you type.

To start a new paragraph, press ENTER.

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