It’s no joke, you can edit documents with your mouse

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

I was watching one of my colleagues edit a document with her mouse. She just dragged words and whole paragraphs to different locations and even copied sections. When I tried it, nothing happened. She told me she spent weeks training her smart mouse. She was kidding me—right?

Well, she was half-kidding. To get the mouse into the edit mode, you have to prepare it by changing a default.

Here’s how: Click on Tools , Options and the Edit tab. Be sure the Drag-and-drop text editing box is checked (see screenshot above).

Now you can use your mouse to move text in the same way you move a graphic. To do it, highlight the text you want to move with your left mouse button and drag it to the new location. If, on the other hand, you drag it with the right button, you evoke a menu (see screenshot above), giving you the choice of moving, copying, linking or creating a hyperlink.

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