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Use the right mouse button to manipulate text

Most of us use the left mouse button to move text, but what happens if you use the right mouse button? You get more options!

Most of us use the left mouse button to move text in a Word document. Simply highlight the text and then hold down the left mouse button and drag the text someplace else. When you use the left button this way, Word deletes the text from its original spot. It's just a more efficient way of using Cut and Paste from the Edit menu.

Moving the text isn't the only mouse alternative. Use the right mouse button in the same way to display a context menu with more options:

  • Move Here works similarly to the left button.
  • Copy Here pastes the text in the new location but doesn't delete the original text.
  • Link Here is similar to Copy Here with one enhancement — if you edit the original text, Word also updates the copied text.
  • Create Hyperlink Here appears for appropriate items and creates a hyperlink.
  • Cancel returns you to the document without taking any action.

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About Susan Harkins

Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

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