Text Basics

Use Microsoft Word 2016 to add text, delete text, and move text in your documents, as well as cut text, copy text, and paste text.

Undo and Redo

Let's say you're working on a document and accidentally delete some text. Fortunately, you won't have to retype everything you just deleted! Word allows you to undo your most recent action when you make a mistake like this.

To do this, locate and select the Undo command on the Quick Access Toolbar. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl+Z on your keyboard. You can continue using this command to undo multiple changes in a row.

using the Undo command

By contrast, the Redo command allows you to reverse the last undo. You can also access this command by pressing Ctrl+Y on your keyboard.

clicking the Redo command


If you need to insert an unusual character that's not on your keyboard, such as a copyright (©) or trademark (™) symbol, you can usually find them with the Symbol command.

To insert a symbol:

  1. Place the insertion point where you want the symbol to appear.
    choosing where the symbol will appear
  2. Click the Insert tab.
    navigating to the insert tab
  3. Locate and select the Symbol command, then choose the desired symbol from the drop-down menu. If you don't see the one you want, select More Symbols.
    inserting a symbol
  4. The symbol will appear in the document.
    the inserted symbol