How to Delete Text in a Word 2007 Document - dummies

How to Delete Text in a Word 2007 Document

By Dan Gookin

The ability to delete text in Word 2007 is just as valuable as the ability to create that text. You create and destroy text in Word 2007 from the computer keyboard, and you use the majority of keys to create text. Only two keys delete text: Backspace and Delete. How these keys work, and how much of your text they can delete, depends on how the keys are used.

Delete single characters

You use the Backspace or Delete key by itself to delete single characters of text:

  • The Backspace key deletes the character to the left of the insertion pointer.

  • Delete key deletes the character to the right of the insertion pointer.

    In the following line, the insertion pointer (use your imagination!) is between the h and the a in the word that. Pressing the Backspace key deletes the h; pressing the Delete key deletes the a.

    No one would have suspected th|at you were a robot,

    Hubert, until you began to articulate your love for

    the waffle iron.

  • After you delete a character, any text to the right or below the character shuffles over to fill the void.

  • You can press and hold Backspace or Delete to continuously “machine-gun-delete” characters. Release the key to halt this action.

Delete a word

To gobble up an entire word, add the Ctrl key to the Backspace or Delete key’s destructive power:

  • Ctrl+Backspace deletes the word in front (to the left) of the insertion pointer.

  • Ctrl+Delete deletes the word behind (to the right) of the insertion pointer.

After you delete text, Word neatly wraps up the remaining text, snuggling it together in a grammatically proper way.

Delete a line of text

The easiest way to delete a line of text is to use the mouse.

  1. Move the mouse into the left margin of your document.

    You know that you’ve found the sweet spot when the mouse pointer changes into a northeast-pointing arrow.

  2. Point the mouse pointer arrow at the line of text you want to obliterate and click the mouse.

    The line of text is first highlighted, or selected, and then it’s deleted.

  3. Press the Delete key.

    The line is sent into the void.

Delete a sentence

Deleting a sentence is easy.

  1. Point the mouse cursor at the sentence.

    Aim anywhere in the sentence.

  2. Press and hold the Ctrl key and click the mouse button.

    The sentence is selected.

  3. Press the Delete key.

    The sentence is gone.

Delete a paragraph

Here’s the fastest way to delete a full paragraph:

  1. Point the mouse cursor at the paragraph.

    Aim anywhere in the paragraph.

  2. Click the mouse button thrice.

    Thrice means “three times.”

  3. Press the Delete key.

    The text disappears.