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A

AlignmentThe placement of paragraph text relative to the left and right margins.

AnchorThe symbol that indicates to which paragraph an object is attached.

Artistic effectsFormats that make pictures look more like sketches or paintings.

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B

Bar tab stopA vertical bar that displays at a tab stop.

Bulleted listA list of items with each item introduced by a symbol such as a small circle or check mark, and which is useful when the items in the list can be displayed in any order.

BulletsText symbols such as small circles or check marks that precede each item in a bulleted list.

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C

Center alignmentAn arrangement of text in which the text is centered between the left and right margins.

Center tab stopA tab stop in which the text centers around the tab stop location.

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D

Decimal tab stopA tab stop in which the text aligns with the decimal point at the tab stop location.

Dot leaderA series of dots preceding a tab.

Drawing objectsGraphic objects, such as shapes, diagrams, lines, or circles.

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F

Field (Word)A placeholder that displays preset content, such as the current date, the file name, a page number, or other stored information.

Floating objectA graphic that can be moved independently of the surrounding text characters.

Formatting marksCharacters that display on the screen, but do not print, indicating where the Enter key, the Spacebar, and the Tab key were pressed; also called nonprinting characters.

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G

GraphicsPictures, clip art images, charts, or drawing objects.

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I

Inline objectAn object or graphic inserted in a document that acts like a character in a sentence.

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J

Justified alignmentAn arrangement of text in which the text aligns evenly on both the left and right margins.

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L

Leader charactersCharacters that form a solid, dotted, or dashed line that fills the space preceding a tab stop.

Left alignmentAn arrangement of text in which the text aligns at the left margin, leaving the right margin uneven.

Left tab stopA tab stop in which the text is left aligned at the tab stop and extends to the right.

Line spacingThe distance between lines of text in a paragraph.

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M

MarginsThe space between the text and the top, bottom, left, and right edges of the paper.

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N

Nonprinting charactersCharacters that display on the screen, but do not print, indicating where the Enter key, the Spacebar, and the Tab key were pressed; also called formatting marks.

NudgeThe action of moving an object on the page in small precise increments.

Numbered listA list of items in which each item is introduced by a consecutive number to indicate definite steps, a sequence of actions, or chronological order.

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P

Picture stylesFrames, shapes, shadows, borders, and other special effects that can be added to an image to create an overall visual style for the image.

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R

Right alignmentAn arrangement of text in which the text aligns at the right margin, leaving the left margin uneven.

Right tab stopA tab stop in which the text is right aligned at the tab stop and extends to the left.

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S

ShapesA drawing object—including lines, arrows, stars, banners, ovals, and rectangles—that conveys a message by showing process or by containing and emphasizing text.

SmartArtA designer-quality visual representation of your information that you can create by choosing from among many different layouts to effectively communicate your message or ideas.

Spin boxA small box with an upward- and downward-pointing arrow that lets you move rapidly through a set of values by clicking.

SubpointsSecondary-level information in a SmartArt graphic.

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T

Tab stopSpecific locations on a line of text, marked on the Word ruler, to which you can move the insertion point by pressing the Tab key, and which is used to align and indent text.

Text boxA movable, resizable container for text or graphics.

Text effectsDecorative formats, such as shadowed or mirrored text, text glow, 3-D effects, and colors that make text stand out.

Text wrappingThe manner in which text displays around an object.

Toggle buttonA button that can be turned on by clicking it once, and then turned off by clicking it again.

Top-level pointsThe main text points in a SmartArt graphic.

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W

WordwrapThe feature that moves text from the right edge of a paragraph to the beginning of the next line as necessary to fit within the margins.

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