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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTIONS:
  • basic information about using the computer was provided on the first three pages of the manual
  • As this group of writers was only beginning to use computers in 1988, there was a lot of confusion about the use of various key combinations. This is why I used terms like hold down and tap.


CREATING A DOCUMENT OR EDITING AN EXISTING DOCUMENT


Once you have reached the first screen, you may:
A) create a completely new document
b) retrieve a copy of an existing document to edit
C) retrieve a copy of an existing document to use to create a new document

Document names may have up to eleven letters and/or numbers (but not symbols). You must place a period after the eighth letter. You do not need to have eight letters (or the period), if you have fewer than nine characters.

Examples: DOCUNAME.WP5
VOCABULA.RY
MEMO.2
SECRETS
VGS

For instructions on creating names for a particular project, check to see if a memo was issued at the beginning of the project. (See also Appendix 9.)


TO CREATE A COMPLETELY NEW DOCUMENT
 
Begin by reserving a name and space for your document on the disk.
1. Tap F10.

The prompt line at the bottom of the screen will indicate whether the computer is using disk drive A or C. For example:
 
Document to be saved: C:\
 
In most cases, you will save your document on a floppy disk in Drive A. However, the default setting (the drive the computer automatically goes to) may be C.
 
If you wish to change the disk drive named in the prompt, select the letter with the cursor and type the new letter.
 
2. On the prompt line, type the document name you wish to use. For example:
 
Document to be saved: A:\DOCUNAME.WP5
 
3. Tap ENTER. The prompt will say:
 
SAVING DOCUNAME.WP5
 
4. When the light on the disk drive (or hard drive) goes out and the prompt disappears, you may begin to type your document.

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PRINTING

TO BE ABLE TO PRINT:
— the computer and printer must be turned on
— the printer's ON-LINE switch must be on
— the printer must have a supply of paper
— you must be working in the WordPerfect 5.0 program
Never try to exit while printing.
 
TO PRINT A DOCUMENT OR PAGE FROM A DIRECTORY (DISK)
 
1. Tap F5 (List Files).
2. Position the highlight over the document name.
3. Type 4 (Print).
4. Prompt will show: Pages: (All).
For entire document, tap ENTER. For specific page(s), type the number(s): e.g., 4 or 4-7.
 
TO PRINT A DOCUMENT OR PAGE FROM THE SCREEN
Note: The page/document does not have to be saved first.
 
1. Hold down SHIFT and tap F7.
2. Check the Options list on the lower part of the Printing Menu.
You will see: Number of Copies (1) [and] Text Quality (High). Use Draft Quality for everything except final drafts. It prints much more rapidly.
To change Number, type N and number of copies required.
To change Text Quality, type T and select number.
3. From the upper part of the Menu, select the amount of text.
For the entire document, type 1.
For a single page, type 2. (The page currently shown on the screen will be printed. Cursor position is unimportant.)
 
TO PRINT A BLOCK OF TEXT FROM THE SCREEN
 
1. Position the cursor at the beginning of the block.
2. Hold ALT and tap F4.
3. Move cursor to end of block.
4. Hold SFT and tap F7
5. Prompt will ask: Print Block? (Y/N) No   Type Y to print.
 
To cancel printing at any time, tap F1.
 
WHEN YOU ARE COMPLETELY FINISHED, TURN OFF THE PRINTER.

 
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COMMANDS

 
ALPHABETIZE Use this to put a single-column list in order.
CTRL-F9; 2 (Sort); ENTER; ENTER; 1 (Perform Action).
 
BOLD F6 to start, F6 (or right arrow) to end.
 
BULLET ALT plus 254 on number keys. (Or use ALT-b macro.)
 
CANCEL PREVIOUS ACTION F1; 1 (Restore).
 
CENTER Single line: SFT-F6. Whole page: Position cursor ahead of all other codes on page; SFT-F8; 2 (Page); 1 (Center Page); F7.
 
COLUMNS, NEWSPAPER
Position cursor where you wish to begin columns
ALT-F7; 4 (Column Definition); change or accept default widths; ENTER ; F7; 3 (Columns on/off).
To begin a new column: ALT-F7; 3.
To convert existing text to columns: Position cursor at head of text; ALT-F7; 4; Define columns; 3; tap the down arrow.
To turn columns on and off: ALT-F7; 3.
Note: Turning columns off does not affect the type and width selected. They remain in effect until you select new options.
 
COLUMNS, PARALLEL
Position cursor where you wish to begin columns
ALT-F7; 4 (Column Definition), and select from these options:
1   (Column Type); select 2 (Parallel); ENTER
2   (Number of Columns) change or accept default; ENTER
3   (Space Between Columns ) change or accept default; ENTER
4   (Column Width)--type new widths or accept default; ENTER
(Note: Default widths adjust automatically to other changes.)
To begin another column: CTRL-ENTER.
To move cursor between columns: CTRL-HOME, then tap the left or right arrow key.
To turn columns on and off: ALT-F7; 3.
Note: Turning columns off does not affect the type and width selected. They remain in effect until you select new options.
 
COMMENTS To write editorial notes that show up on the screen but do not print. (There is a twenty-line limit to each box.)
CTRL-F5; 5 (Comment); 1 (Create); F7 or the ALT-c macro (see Appendix 4).
To edit an existing box: CTRL-F5; 2 (Edit).
To convert a box to (printable) text: CRTL-F5; 4; 3 (Convert to Text).
To convert text to a box: position cursor at beginning of text; ALT-F4; Move cursor to end of text; CTRL-F5; Y.
 
COPY (AND MOVE) TEXT
Position cursor at beginning of text; ALT-F4; Move cursor to end of text to be blocked; CTRL F4; 1 (block); 2 (Copy);
Move cursor to new position and ENTER to insert text.
 
DELETE TEXT
Use the cursor to select the text and tap DELETE (DEL).
Or
Letter(s): Position the cursor behind the letter(s) and tap BACKSPACE.
A word: Position the cursor in the word, hold down CTRL, and tap BACKSPACE.
A line: Position the cursor in the line, hold down CTRL, and tap END.
Any block of text: Position the cursor at the beginning of the block; ALT-F4; Move cursor to end of block: CTRL-F4; 1 (Block); 3 (Delete).
 
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APPENDIX 4: ALT MACROS

ALT MACROS allow you to produce a character or a command simply by holding down the ALT key and tapping a single letter key. This saves having to memorize or look up (and type) a series of numbers (such as 164 for the Spanish ñ) or typing a series of commands (such as CTRL-F5; 5; 1; F7 to create a comment box).

TO CREATE AN ALT MACRO
 
1. Hold down CRTL and tap F10.
2. Hold down ALT and tap the letter you wish to use.
3. Type a brief description (e.g., for ALT-s: write small caps).
4. Tap ENTER.
5. Type the letter or the keystrokes that will produce the action.
(e.g., to change the font to small caps: CTRL-F8, 2, 7)
6. Hold down CTRL and tap F10.

TO ACTIVATE AN ALT MACRO
 
Hold down CTRL and tap the appropriate (lowercase) letter.
 
Write your macros here. (The ones you see are only suggestions.)

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ALT + a  :  á
ALT + b  :  BULLET
ALT + c  : CREATE A COMMENT
ALT + d  : 
ALT + e  :  é
ALT + f  : 
ALT + g  : 
ALT + h  : 
ALT + i  :  í
ALT + j  : 
ALT + k  :  CHANGE LOWERCASE
TO UPPERCASE
 
ALT + l  :  CHANGE UPPERCASE
TO LOWERCASE
ALT + m  :  — (M-dash)
ALT + n  :  ñ
ALT + o  :  ó
ALT + p  : 
ALT + q  :  ¿ (Question mark)
ALT + r  : 
ALT + s  : 
ALT + t  :  ’TALIC
ALT + u  :  ú
ALT + v  :  VIEW DOCUMENT
ALT + w  : 
ALT + x  :  ¡ (Xclamation mark)
ALT + y  : 
ALT + z  : 


Copyright © 1988, 2004  William Dyckes


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