This page has
an area for you to write in.
Learning the basic principles of
writing here will also let you write in wordprocessors, emails, forms from
browsers and in other applications.
Move the screen pointer (
the writing area by moving your
Notice that it changes shape as it moves into the writing area. Click the
left button of your mouse whilst the pointer is in the writing area. In the
top left of the writing area there should now be a flicking vertical black
line. This is the
shows you where the letters will appear when you start typing.
into the writing area. When you
come to a problem, read what I say later to see if it includes the solution
to the problem.
You can move the cursor across your text by using the mouse.
If you use a coloured link to another page, you may have lost what you
wrote when you return. Before going any further, therefore, I want you to
store a copy of your writing on the clipboard. Then you will be able
to paste it back into the writing area if it goes away.
To copy to the clipboard, first put the pointer at the start of your
and click the mouse.
Your keyboard has two keys with a large upward pointing arrow.
These are called Shift keys. Hold down one of the whilst you move
to the end of your writing. Click there and the text should be highlighted
by a blue background.
Release the Shift key. Now press a key marked Control and the
key C at the same time. This should have copied what you wrote. To
find out if it has, move to the
Click your mouse inside the area, so that the insertion
point appears. Now press a key marked Control and the key V
at the same time. The text you wrote should appear in the second writing
You can use this Second Writing Area to alter (edit) what you have
written. Move the cursor to the top left hand corner to begin doing so. We
will give what you have written a title, and see how lower case and
UPPER CASE letters are written.
In the top left hand corner, press ENTER twice to make a space to write
your name. Then move the cursor back to the top left
hand corner of the screen again. Before you write,
press the key marked Caps Lock. Now type your name and it
should appear on the screen in capital letters.
Press the space bar (bottom of the keyboard) four times. The
cursor moves on four spaces.
Now press the Caps Lock again and
type this title: using a wordprocessor. This types in lower
Now you can delete and replace parts of what you have
written. Take the cursor back beneath the u of using. Press the
key marked Delete to remove the u. The key below Caps Lock, with an
upwards pointing arrow, is one of the Shift keys. Press it with one
finger and at the same time press the letter u. U is typed in
capitals, but if you let go of the shift key and type it again
it is in lower case. Try typing a few letters with the Caps Lock and Shift
until you are sure of the difference. Notice the Caps Lock light on the
right of your keyboard.
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