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Extra Tips and Notes

Ruler: If the ruler isn’t showing, press Command R. Without the ruler showing, you can’t set tabs, indents, or margins.

Formatting: If text won’t let you apply formatting, go to the Format menu and choose “Make Rich Text.”

Wrap to Page: If text stretches the entire width of the window, you might want to switch to “Wrap to Page.” Go to the Format menu and choose “Wrap to Page.”

If your text prints really tiny, go to the Format menu and change “Wrap to Window” to “Wrap to Page.”

Complete: To automatically complete a word that you start typing (a word that you’re not sure how to spell, or a word that’s so long you don’t want to type it all), go to the Edit menu and choose “Complete,” or use the keyboard shortcut Option Escape. A pop-up menu that contains a list of possible matches opens. Select the word you want from the list, then hit Return (or click the word in the list).

Speech: Let your Mac read selected text to you aloud. Go to the Edit menu, choose “Speech,” then choose “Start Speaking.” To stop the speech, choose “Stop Speaking.” To read aloud just a certain portion of text, select that range of text, then choose the “Start Speaking” command.

Look up words in the Dictionary: To look up a word (such as “Santa Fe”) in the Dictionary, right-click on the word or the selected phrase to open a contextual menu, then choose Look Up “Santa Fe.”

If your trackpad supports multi-touch gestures, double-tap the word with three fingers to look up the selected word, as shown below. Your own gesture commands may vary, depending on the Mouse or Trackpad settings in your System Preferences (see page 290).

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