WordPerfect 6.1: Getting Started



WordPerfect 6.1 is a word processing package for use with Windows 95 or Windows 3.1. WordPerfect provides a means for creating, formatting, and editing documents; inserting graphics from other applications; creating or inserting tables; and ensuring clarity (spelling, thesaurus, word count). This tipsheet contains basic information for creating and modifying documents using WordPerfect 6.1. Since other versions of Word use many of the same features, the instructions in this tipsheet may also apply to those versions.


Starting WordPerfect 6.1

From Windows 95:

  1. Click the Start button to open the Windows 95 menu.
  2. Choose "Programs."
  3. Choose WordPerfect.

From Windows 3.x:

  1. Double-click the group icon that contains WordPerfect.
  2. Double-click the WordPerfect icon.

Use the pull-down menus or the buttons on the Toolbar to access WordPerfect features. Position the pointer over any button to display a description of the button's function.

You can access Help from the Menu Bar. The "Search for Help on..." option allows you to explore help topics.

To Exit the program, select the "File" menu, then choose the "Exit" command. In Windows 95, you also can click the Close button (identified by an X) in the upper-right corner of the window.


Creating a document

You can create a new document in two ways:

  1. Click on the New button (the sheet of paper) on the left side of the Toolbar.
  2. From the "File" menu, select "New."

Before typing text, you can use the format buttons on the Toolbar or the "Format" menu to select formatting options for your document. (Use the "Help" menu to find more information on automatic formatting of your documents.)

Type text in the document window (the blank white area) and save the text frequently. Save your document by clicking on the Save button (the disk) in the top-left corner of the screen. The first time you save a file, you must give it a name and specify where to save the file.

You can move around your document in the following ways:

The "Tools" menu provides options for ensuring clarity (spelling, thesaurus, word count, etc.). In addition, as you type, WordPerfect can replace commonly misspelled words with the correct spelling. To activate this feature, from the "Tools" menu, select "Quick Correct...," check the box for "Replace Words as You Type," and click Close.

To Close your document, from the "File" menu, select the "Close" command.


Viewing a document

You can view a document in Draft or Page view. Page is the default view, allowing you to see graphics, headers, footers, and the edge or boundaries of a page; Draft shows only the body of the text. You can alternate between the different views by selecting a command from the "View" menu.


Editing a document

You can modify an existing document by adding or deleting text; changing format; cutting and pasting; moving text; inserting new text, tables or graphics; or by adding existing information from other documents.

To replace text, first select the text you want to change. There are several ways to select text:

Once selected, you can replace the existing text by typing new text. To delete the selection, press the BACKSPACE or DELETE key. Click anywhere in the document to deselect text.

To insert text, position the insertion point where you want the text to appear, click, then type text.

Undo/Redo the left- and 
right-pointing arrows) -- The Undo button (the left-pointing arrow) allows you to reverse your last action or command. You can also press the CTRL-Z key combination. To reverse the Undo command, press the Redo button (the right-pointing arrow) or the CTRL-Y key combination.

Cut and Paste -- Select text and click the Cut button (the scissors), press the CTRL-X key combination, or, from the "Edit" menu, choose the "Cut" command to delete the text. Position the insertion point where you want the cut text to appear and click the Paste button (the clipboard), press the CTRL-V key combination, or, from the "Edit" menu, use the "Paste" command to place the text.

Move -- To move text within a document, select the text, then click and drag the pointer to the new position. Release the mouse button.

Copy -- To copy any portion of your document, select text, then click the Copy button (two sheets of paper), press the CTRL-C key combination, or, from the "Edit" menu, choose the "Copy" command. You then can paste the text within the document or in another document.


Getting online help

You can get online help in one of the following ways

If you need additional help working with WordPerfect 6.1 Windows, send e-mail to consult@udel.edu or call the IT Help Center at 831-6000.


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Last Modified: January 3, 1997