Tip of the week # 630
15 November 2020

Insert content in the middle of the page by double-clicking (Microsoft Word) *

Many many moons ago (back in 2007) I wrote about Word's Click and Type feature. But I must admit that I had totally forgotten about this dinky way to create, for example, a title page in Word without having to press the ENTER key umpteen times and using the Center button until I saw an ad about Royal Mail's Click & Drop. (And no, I'm not getting paid to endorse its products ;) So I felt it was time to dust it off ...

Here's how:

  1. Double-click in a blank area in the middle of the page.
  2. Enter your text or insert a picture, as normal.

For those of you who display the hidden formatting symbols you will notice that paragraph marks have been entered and that the necessary alignment has been applied. If you don't know what I'm talking about, look out for the button in the Paragraph group on the Home tab that looks like a reversed P. Do you ever switch it on? I tend to use it when I inherit somebody else's Word documents, but don't have a clue what's going on. Did they use tabs, or spaces or tables? Is there a page break or a section break? Along with SHIFT + F1 it can really help reveal what's going on in your document.

By the way, you can also use the double-click trick to insert and align text or pictures with the left or right margin.

Related tips

  1. Show/Hide paragraph marks and other hidden formatting symbols - tip_394.php
  2. Reveal, select and modify all text with similar formatting - tip_498.php
  3. Keyboard shortcuts to reset paragraph alignment - tip_212.html
  4. Click and type - tip_194.html


* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2010.