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MS-Word: Type In the Middle or Anywhere in a Document

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Samyak Lalit | December 26, 2013 (Last update: November 10, 2014)

Samyak Lalit is an Indian author and disability rights activist. He is the principal author and founder of projects like TechWelkin, WeCapable, Viklangta, Kavita Kosh among many others.

Ah! I was just thinking that it has been a couple of weeks since I had published an article on Microsoft Word. And guess what! Just now someone asked me an MS Word related very simple question whose answer is equally simple. The person asked me how to begin to typing in the middle of an MS-Word document. Usually typing begins on the left edge of the document. The question is whether you can begin to type, for example, one inch from the left edge? or type just about anywhere in the document?

Well, I am sure you all know that you can keep pressing spacebar until the blinking cursor reaches the exact point in a line where you want to start typing. For this you can use TAB key also, but TAB gives you lesser precision on positioning (do you know that, by default, one TAB is equal to eight spaces?).

But if you don’t want to get into this business of pushing a line to the right by filling spaces on the left –then you have another neater method.

Double Click to Type Anywhere

Since, Microsoft Office XP, the MS-Word has been coming with a feature that enables you to type anywhere in the document. Just double click anywhere in the document and your typing cursor will be placed exactly at that place.

SEE ALSO: Learn even more MS-Word Tips to boost your productivity at work.

With this feature, Microsoft intended to imitate a paper sheet in MS-Word. You can write on a paper sheet wherever you want. Now you can do the same in your computer as well. Say good bye to positioning text with the help of spaces!

Note: In versions older than Office XP –you’ll have to use the same old space or tab filling method.

Do let me know if this tip was useful for you. Also, if you want to add something more useful in this article –please write in comment.


7 responses to “MS-Word: Type In the Middle or Anywhere in a Document”

  1. raghu murthy says:

    thanks for writing this article. I was searching for this . i wanted to type at left and in the middle of document and i came across your article while doing a google search
    this answered what i was looking for

  2. Jackie Gallagher says:

    Hi there, it sounds like you might be able to offer some help with my problem! I’m a typist and I’d like to type in the middle or top portion of my Word document without shortening the size of my window or anything like that. So when I reach the bottom of the page I’d like it to automatically scroll or jump up to the top of the screen again so I can continue typing and looking at the top half of the screen instead of having my sight line down along the bottom edge. Is this a thing we can fix? I’ve looked all over the internet and haven’t found a useful solution. Anything you can offer would be great! Thank you :)

  3. Craig says:

    Seems it doesn’t work anymore in Word in Office 365 :(

  4. Salam Javed says:

    Thanks Lalit, Can you tell me how to save a whole paragraph or block of text in word and excel and paste exactly with same indents in word and excel.

  5. Sanjeev Kumar says:


  6. Rahul says:

    Thanks for this shortcut. Very useful.

  7. Lisa says:

    Thank you, had a bit of a duhhh moment today while updating my CV. So simple yet easy to forget!

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