Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Here’s the best way to select a chunk of text of any size, especially when that chunk of
text is larger than what you can see on the screen at one time:
1. Click the mouse to set the insertion pointer wherever you want the block to start — the
2. Scroll through your document.
You must use the scroll bar or the mouse wheel to scroll through your document. If you use the
cursor-movement keys, you reposition the insertion pointer, which isn’t what you want.
3. To mark the end of the block, press and hold the Shift key and click the mouse where you
want the block to end.
The text from the insertion pointer to wherever you clicked the mouse is selected as a block.
Using the F8 key to mark a block
If you can remember that the F8 key on the computer’s keyboard can be used to mark
text, you can exploit one of the most powerful but seldom used text-marking tools that Word
has to offer.
Yes, wacky as it sounds, the F8 key is used to mark a block of text. Pressing F8 once enters
Extended Selection mode. That’s where Word drops anchor at the insertion pointer’s location, and then
lets you use either the mouse or the cursor keys to select text. In fact, you cannot do anything but
select text in Extended Selection mode.
As an example, follow these steps to use the F8 key to mark a block of text:
1. Position the insertion pointer at the start of the block of text.
2. Press the F8 key.
The F8 key drops anchor and marks one end of the block.
3. Use the keyboard’s cursor keys to select the block of text.
The cursor-navigation keys are discussed in Chapter 3 .
Press a letter key to select text up to and including that letter. If you press N, you
select all text up to and including the next N in your document. Nice. Nifty. Neat-o.
Word highlights text from the point where you dropped anchor with F8 to wherever you move the