Easy document navigation

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

Q. When I need to move around a within document, I usually use the space bar and Enter key, but I always mess up the format. There must be a better way to do this. Thanks, Mr. M.

A. When you need to navigate through a sentence, you can use your left and right arrow keys. That will work fine for moving from character to character, but if you want to move along a bit faster than that, hold down your CTRL key while using your arrow keys. Instead of moving one space at a time, you will jump one word at a time.

If you're using the up and down arrows to move from line to line, holding down the CTRL key will cause your cursor to jump from paragraph to paragraph. For a big finish, if you hold down the SHIFT key and the CTRL key at the same time, you will select (highlight) text as you arrow along.

I have used these techniques successfully in Word, Wordpad, Notepad and OpenOffice Writer, and they should work in any word processing program you happen to be using -- the operative word being “should.”

Q. What is a vook? I heard somebody talking about it at my computer club meeting, but I didn't want to appear to be as ignorant as I am about these things. Thanks, Mr. M.

A. A vook is a new type of digital book that combines video and text that can be viewed on the Internet or via a mobile application or device, such as a Kindle, iPad or Nook. You can read your book, watch videos that enhance the story, connect with authors and your friends through social media, all without switching between apps. For complete information, where else would you turn but vook.com?

Q. How can I create a new folder or subfolder within another folder?

A. The traditional way is a bit laborious, by clicking File > New > Folder. As an alternative, using Windows Explorer, click to select a folder as it appears in the directory tree, then hold down the ALT key and carefully press the F, W, F keys. A new folder will appear.

The important thing with either approach is to begin by clicking to select a folder within which you want to create a subfolder, then click File > New > Folder or press and hold the ALT key followed by F, W, F. To rename a newly created subfolder, click to select it and press F2.

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