Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Selecting text also means selecting characters such as tabs and the Enter keypress
that marks the end of a paragraph. Fortunately, Word shows the Enter “character” as an extra
blank space at the right end of a paragraph. When you select that blank, you select the whole
paragraph as a paragraph. To avoid selecting the Enter character, don’t select the blank space at
the end of a paragraph.
Mark a Block of Text
Word offers you many ways to mark text as a block in your document. This section mulls over the
possibilities.
Using the keyboard to select text
The secret to using the keyboard to select text is the Shift key. By holding down the Shift key, you
can use the standard keyboard commands that move the insertion pointer to select blocks of text.
Table 6-1 has some suggestions for you.
Table 6-1 Shifty Selection Wizardry
To Select This
Press This
A character at a time to the right of the insertion pointer
Shift+→
A character at a time to the left of the insertion pointer
Shift+←
A block of text from the insertion pointer to the end of the line
Shift+End
A block of text from the insertion pointer to the beginning of the line Shift+Home
A block of text from the insertion pointer to a line above
Shift+
A block of text from the insertion pointer to a line below
Shift+
You can use any keyboard cursor-movement command (I list them in Chapter 3 ), but I recommend
using this Shift key method for selecting only small chunks of text. Otherwise, you may end up
tying your fingers into knots!
Either Shift key works, although I prefer to use the left Shift key and then work the arrow
keys on the right side of the keyboard.
Selecting text on a touchscreen
 
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