Using the Insertion Point

Learn how to use the Word 2000 insertion point feature in this free lesson.

The insertion point

The insertion point—also called a cursor—is the blinking line in your document that indicates where text is inserted when you type. There are several ways to move an insertion point.

The I-beam shows where your mouse pointer is. The blinking insertion point shows where your next word will be once you start typing.

When you are in a Word document, your pointer changes from an arrow (arrow cursor) to an I-beam (I beam cursor).

Once the pointer leaves the Word document to perform a Windows function, it changes back into an arrow ( arrow cursor).

Notice the line that indicates the end of your document. You cannot move your insertion point below this line.

Word window with Insertion point and I beam labeled.