How to Move the Insertion Pointer in Word 2010

When you use Word 2010, you can edit any part of your document. But you need to know how to move Word's insertion pointer to the exact spot you want. The easiest way to put the insertion pointer exactly where you want it is to point the mouse at that spot in your text and then click the mouse button. Point and click to move the insertion pointer. Simple.

For short hops, nothing beats using the keyboard’s arrow keys to quickly move the insertion pointer around a document. If you press and hold the Ctrl (Control) key and then press an arrow key, you enter Jump mode. The invigorated insertion pointer leaps desperately in all four directions.

The Keyboard Arrow Keys
Press This Key or Combination To Move the Insertion Pointer
up arrow Up to the preceding line of text
down arrow Down to the next line of text
right arrow (→) Right to the next character
left arrow (<--) Left to the preceding character
Ctrl+up arrow Up to the start of the previous paragraph
Ctrl+down arrow Down to the start of the next paragraph
Ctrl+→ Right to the start (first letter) of the next word
Ctrl+<-- Left to the start (first letter) of the previous word

You can use either set of arrow keys on the computer keyboard, but when using the numeric keypad, ensure that the Num Lock light is off by pressing the Num Lock key. If you don’t, you see numbers in your text, rather than the insertion pointer dancing all over.

The insertion pointer also bows to pressure from those cursor keys without arrows on them. The first couple consists of End and Home, which move the insertion pointer to the start or end of something, depending on how End and Home are used.

The End and Home Keys
Press This Key or Combination To Whisk the Insertion Pointer
End To the end of a line of text
Home To the start of a line of text
Ctrl+End To the end of the document
Ctrl+Home To the tippy-top of the document

The remaining cursor keys are the Page Up or PgUp key and the Page Down or PgDn key. As you'd guess, using these keys doesn't move up or down a page in your document. Nope. Instead, they slide through your document one screen at a time.

The Page Up and Page Down Keys
Press This Key or Combination To Whisk the Insertion Pointer
PgUp Up one screen or to the tippy-top of your document, if you happen to be near it
PgDn Down one screen or to the end of the document, if you happen to be near it
Ctrl+Alt+PgUp To the top of the current screen
Ctrl+Alt+PgDn To the bottom of the current screen

The key combinations to move to the top or bottom of the current screen are Ctrl+Alt+PgUp and Ctrl+Alt+PgDn. That’s Ctrl+Alt, not just the Ctrl key. And yes, few people use those commands.

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