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1.6 Entering Letters into a Light

At the end of the previous step, light 20 across should have been selected as shown below. The light editing position (shown by the vertical red shape) should be in the leftmost cell - if it isn't, press the Home key to move it there:

Step 1.6 Initial Image

We can now enter a thematic answer into this light. We thought of four possible answers for a 14 letter light: which of these we use (and where) could make a big difference to the ease of filling. For example, the Q in Queen Anne's lace could be difficult to fill around. The others all look reasonably promising, so we'll try putting dog-tooth violet in 20 across. It's easy to make changes if this turns out not to be ideal.

Start by entering the first letter of dog-tooth violet, i.e. D. Note that although the letters in the grid are conventionally shown in capitals, you don't need to use the shift key or Caps Lock - Sympathy automatically enters capital letters for you. When you have typed the D, the grid should appear as shown below:

Step 1.6 Intermediate Image

Note that the vertical red shape indicating where text will be entered (the "light editing position") has moved to the next cell of the light. So all you have to do to enter the complete text for the answer is type O, G, T etc. If you enter a wrong letter, you can use the backspace key to rub it out. You can even use the arrow keys to go back and insert or overwrite missing letters: editing the text in a light is much the same as using a text entry box in Windows - if OVR in the status bar is highlighted, text overwrites rather than inserts and you use the Ins key to toggle the "overtype mode".

When the text for 20 across has been entered completely, the grid should look like this:

Step 1.6 Final Image

Now use the same techniques to enter the remaining two long thematic answers:

Note that now you have a light selected, the easiest way to change the selection with the keyboard is with the tab key, which moves through the lights in the normal reading order. If you prefer to use the mouse to select the lights, the technique described in Step 5 can be used again. Remember that you can use Home to move the light editing position to the start of a light.

When you have entered all the letters of the three thematic lights, your grid should appear as shown at the start of the next step.


Relevant Help Sections

Entering Letters into the Grid
Selecting parts of the Grid with the Mouse
Selecting parts of the Grid with the Keyboard

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