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WordPerfect for Windows 6.1

This document explains the basics of WordPerfect for Windows, version 6.1.

Using the

Unless otherwise stated, always use the left mouse button. “Clicking” is the act of moving the mouse pointer to a designated spot and pressing the mouse button. “Dragging” is the act of holding the mouse button down while moving the cursor or mouse pointer.

Starting WordPerfect

Start WordPerfect by double-clicking on the WP icon. A new document will appear on the screen.

Opening an Existing Document

To open an existing document:

Typing Text

When you open WordPerfect, the cursor is positioned at the top of a new, blank document. To type, position the cursor where you would like words to appear, then begin typing.

Status Bar

The line of text at the bottom of the screen is the status line. It indicates:

1.Whether your typing will be inserted into the text (INSERT) or Whether your typing will type over existing text (TYPEOVER).

2.What printer has been selected

3. The date.

4.The time.

5.What page of the document your cursor is in (PG).

6.What line (in inches) of the document your cursor is on (LN).

7.What position (in inches) in the line your cursor is at (POS).


To add text, place the cursor where you wish to add the text, then type.

While text is selected, choose the appropriate command to alter the text.

Moving through a Document

There are several ways to move through a document using the cursor, the scroll bar, or the page buttons.


Use the arrow keys to move the cursor through the document, or place the mouse pointer in the desired spot and click to place the cursor there.

Moving the cursor past the top of the screen will cause the document to scroll up. Moving the cursor past the bottom of the screen will cause the document to scroll down.

Scroll Bar

The scroll bar is located on the right side of the screen, adjacent to the document. The box in the scroll bar denotes the position of the text on the screen relative to the length of the document. When the beginning of the document is present on the screen, the box will be at the top of the bar. When the end of the document is present on the screen, the box will be at the bottom of the bar.

Page Buttons

Page buttons are located below the scroll bar. To move to the previous or next page of the document (page, not screen), click once on the previous or next page button.


There are up to five ways to activate commands: Pull-down menus, the Quick menu, the Toolbar, the Power Bar, and the keypad. The variety exists to accommodate different personal styles.

Pull-down Menus

All of the WordPerfect commands are found in the pull-down menus. Other commands options (Toolbar, Power Bar, etc.) are merely convenient subsets of the commands available through the pull-down menus. Ten words are written on a horizontal line across the top of the screen, beginning with File. Each word is a pull-down menu.

Quick Menu

The quick menu contains nine often-used commands.


The toolbar is the line of pictures and symbols directly below the pull-down menu. Each “button” contains an icon denoting its action. These are short-cuts for simple pull-down menu commands. It is possible to personalize the toolbar so that it contains your most frequently used commands.

Power Bar

The power bar is the narrow strip underneath the toolbar. It is also a short-cut for the pull-down menu. It contains complex commands that have their own pull-down menus. It is possible to personalize the power bar.


Many commands may be executed using keypad combinations, such as C/B for bold. Keypad combinations for commands may be found written along the top of the screen when using the toolbar or the pull-down menu.

A list of keypad commands, or "keystrokes" may be found in

Selected WordPerfect

Selected WordPerfect commands are explained below. Access through the pull-down menus and the button bar or power bar are described. There are ways to activate many of these commands that are not described here.

Many commands affect all text at and below the cursor. Therefore it is important to place the cursor just ahead of text that you wish to format.

Bold, Italic, Underline

There are two ways to bold, italicize or underline existing text.

Button Bar

Pull-down Menu

To type in boldface, italics or underlined text, follow either of the directions above to turn on the feature. After typing the text, turn off the feature in the same fashion.


This command prints the date automatically.

Cut, Copy and Move Text

It is often necessary to cut, copy or move a portion of text.

To move text

To copy text

To cut text

Footnotes and Endnotes

The procedure for footnotes and endnotes is practically the same. It is described below in the general terms of creating a "note".

Justification (Aligning Text)

Text may be aligned using the pull-down menus or the power bar. LEFT and RIGHT justification aligns the beginning of lines with the left and right margin, respectively. CENTER will center text between the left and right margins. FULL will bring all text to the left and right margins, without distorting words. ALL will force all text to the left and right margins, possibly stretching words to do so.

Power Bar

Pull-down Menu

Line Spacing

Use line spacing to change the distance between lines.


There are two ways to set margins in a WordPerfect document, with the ruler bar and the pull-down menus. Top/bottom margin settings affect the page with the cursor, and all subsequent pages. Left/right margin settings affect all text after the cursor.

Ruler Bar (left/right margins only)

Select RULER BAR from the VIEW pull-down menu. A ruler will appear below the power bar. The right and left margins are represented by black pointers along a white line above the ruler.

Pull-down Menu (left/right and top/bottom margins)

Reveal Codes

Codes are inserted into your document nearly every time you use a feature or command. They are not visible in the normal document window. Codes are sometimes useful as a diagnostic tool. If features or commands are not behaving as you might expect, reveal the codes and continue working.

Your document with embedded codes, will be displayed underneath your regular document. As you move the cursor in your regular document, the cursor moves correspondingly in the reveal codes version.

Examine and delete codes as necessary, then remove the reveal codes screen using the same directions that you used for evoking it.

Saving a File

Save your document frequently during your work, and before you close.

The first time you save a document, you will have the opportunity to designate drives, directories and the file name. Subsequent saves of the same document will automatically update the file.


You may print the entire document on the screen, the page currently displayed on the screen, multiple pages, highlighted text, the document summary, or a document that is not currently open.


WordPerfect for Windows 6.1 has plentiful online help. There are two basic ways to access help: Search and How Do I.

How Do I...

How Do I... outlines and explains many WP functions and procedures.

Search for Help on...

Search for Help on... allows you to search for a help topic by keyword.

Exiting WordPerfect

Always save changes to a document before exiting.

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