Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Selecting Text
point to the start or end of the line that you’re on. Additionally, you can use
the arrow keys in combination with the Ctrl key to move around even faster.
For example, press the Ctrl key and the left- or right-arrow key to move left or
right an entire word at a time.
You delete text by pressing the Delete or Backspace key. To delete from the
insertion point to the start or end of a word, use the Ctrl key along with the
Delete or Backspace key. If you first select a block of text, the Delete and
Backspace keys delete the entire selection. (The next section, “Selecting
Text,” has some tips for selecting text.)
Selecting Text
Some text-editing operations — such as amputations and transplants —
require that you first select the text on which you want to operate. The
following list shows you the methods for selecting blocks of text:
When you use the keyboard, hold down the Shift key while you press
any of the arrow keys to move the insertion point.
When you use the mouse, point to the beginning of the text that you
want to mark and then click and drag over the text. Release the mouse
button when you reach the end of the text that you want to select.
PowerPoint has an automatic word-selection option that tries to guess when
you intend to select an entire word. If you use the mouse to select a block of
text that spans the space between two words, you notice that the selected
text jumps to include entire words while you move the mouse. If you don’t
like this feature, you can disable it by clicking the File tab and Options button
in Backstage View. Then deselect the When Selecting, Automatically Select
Entire Word check box.
You can use the following tricks to select different amounts of text:
A single word: To select a single word, point the insertion point
anywhere in the word and double-click.
An entire paragraph: To select an entire paragraph, point the insertion
point anywhere in the paragraph and triple-click.
After you have selected text, you can edit it in the following ways:
Delete text: To delete the entire block of text that you’ve selected, press
Delete or Backspace.
Replace text: To replace an entire block of text, select it and then begin
typing. The selected block vanishes and is replaced by the text that
you’re typing.
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