Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Selecting Text in Speedy Ways
In a split screen, you can choose a different view for the different halves.
For example, click in the top half of the screen and choose Outline view to
see your document in outline form, and click on the bottom half and choose
Draft view to see the other half in Draft view. This way, for example, you can
see the headings in a document while you write the introduction.
Selecting Text in Speedy Ways
Book I, Chapter 2 explains how to enter text and change its appearance and
size. After you enter text, you inevitably have to copy, move, or delete it, but
you can’t do those tasks until you select it first. Table 1-1 describes
shortcuts for selecting text.
Book II
Chapter 1
Table 1-1
Shortcuts for Selecting Text
To Select This
Do This
A word
Double-click the word.
A line
Click in the left margin next to the line.
Some lines
Drag the mouse pointer over the lines or drag it down the
left margin.
A sentence
Ctrl+click the sentence.
A paragraph
Double-click in the left margin next to the paragraph.
A mess of text
Click at the start of the text, hold down the Shift key, and
click at the end of the text.
A gob of text
Put the cursor where you want to start selecting, press
F8, and press an arrow key, drag the mouse, or click at the
end of the selection.
Text with the same
formats
On the Home tab, click the Select button and choose
Select Text with Similar Formatting (you may have to click
the Editing button first).
A document
Hold down the Ctrl key and click in the left margin;
tripleclick in the left margin; press Ctrl+A; or go to the Home
tab, click the Select button, and choose Select All (you
may have to click the Editing button first).
If a bunch of highlighted text is on-screen and you want it to go away but it
won’t (because you pressed F8), press the Esc key.
After you press F8, all the keyboard shortcuts for moving the cursor also
work for selecting text. For example, press F8 and then press Ctrl+Home to
select everything from the cursor to the top of the document. Later in this
chapter, “Keys for getting around” describes keyboard shortcuts for getting
from place to place.
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