Chromebook: Move around Your Documents

By Mark LaFay

As you write your document on your Chromebook, you may find that there are edits that you want to make to your text. You can move around your document in a number of different ways. To start, take a look at the arrow keys on your keyboard. (See this figure.)

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You can move your cursor by using the arrow keys to navigate to different characters in your text. Press and hold the left arrow key to take you to the left side of your line. Once you’ve hit the beginning of the line on the left side, keep pressing the left arrow key, and you will notice your cursor will go to the right side of the line above.

Conversely, pressing the right arrow key takes you to the right side of the line. As you approach the right end of the line, keep pressing the arrow key to be taken to the left beginning of the next line down. You can also move around the document by using the up and down arrow keys to quickly move to lines above or below the current line, respectively.

You can also navigate your document by using your touchpad or mouse to move the cursor directly to the desired location. Click once to move the cursor and then begin editing using your keyboard. In the event you have several pages of text, you can quickly navigate to various pages by following these steps:

  1. Place two fingers on your touchpad and swipe up or down.

    If your touch pad is configured to traditionally scroll, swiping up scrolls the document up so you can see previous pages. Swiping down scrolls you down in the document to later pages.

    If your touchpad is configured to Australian scroll, swiping up scrolls your document down to later pages. Conversely, swiping down scrolls your document up to earlier pages.

    Using your touchpad with a two-finger swipe scrolls you to the page that contains the text you would like to edit.

  2. Using one finger on your touchpad, relocate the pointer to the location of the word or words you would like to edit.

  3. Click your touchpad.

    Your cursor appears at the location of your pointer.

If you wish to delete text, move your cursor to the right of the text so that you can easily remove it by pressing the Backspace key. If you wish to insert text, position your cursor appropriately and begin typing.

You can also use a feature called Find and Replace to find a specific piece of text within your document. To find text using the Find and Replace feature, follow these steps:

  1. Click Edit in the Applications menu.

  2. In the Edit menu that appears, choose Find and Replace.

    A pop-up window appears containing multiple inputs:

    • Find: Where you enter the text you wish to find.

    • Replace: If you wish to replace the text for which you are searching, simply enter the replacement text in this text box.

    • Match Case: Select this check box if you wish to search for text that has the same capitalization as you typed in the Find box.

  3. Enter the text you wish to locate in the Find text box.

    As you type text in the Find text box, Docs highlights words in your document that match your search entry.

    Google Docs treats blank spaces as characters. In the event you’re looking for a particular word that’s not immediately followed by punctuation, place a space after your search term to reduce the number of unneeded results.

  4. Sort through search results by clicking the Next or Previous buttons located in the bottom-right of the Find and Replace pop-up window.

    As you navigate to the matched words in your document, Docs changes the color of the highlighted word to indicate where you are in the document.

  5. When you successfully locate the word or words in your document, close the Find and Replace pop-up window by clicking the X in the top-right corner.

    The pop-up window disappears, leaving your desired word highlighted and ready to be deleted or otherwise edited.