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Audio course: Get to know Word: Create your first document

Word "really" selected in document

The word "really" is selected before being deleted.

You've added a sentence about symphonies to the first paragraph of the letter in the picture, but now that you've read the paragraph again, you think the second sentence would read better if you delete the word "really."

To delete text, first select it. You can do this by using the mouse, or the keyboard. To select the word "really," do one of the following:

  • Place your pointer over the word "really" and then double-click the word.
  • With the arrow keys, move the insertion point next to the text. Then, hold down the SHIFT key and press the arrow key that moves the insertion point in the correct direction until all the text is selected.

Once "really" is selected, to delete it, press DELETE or BACKSPACE.

In the practice, you'll see how to select a sentence, and a paragraph, using both the mouse and the keyboard.

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