Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Editing and Formatting
As you click and drag
to select text, Word
highlights the text
But don’t forget that there are plenty of other options, a few of which will save your
wrists some serious wear and tear. Depending on what you’re selecting, you can do
any of the following:
• Select a word. Double-click any word to highlight it.
• Select a sentence. Position the mouse pointer over the sentence you want, and
then press the Ctrl key and click.
• Select a line. Move your mouse pointer into the left margin beside the line.
When the pointer turns into an arrow, click. Line selected; neato.
• Select a paragraph. Position your mouse pointer in the left margin next to the
paragraph (as though you were going to select a line). When the pointer turns
into an arrow, double-click, and Word selects the entire paragraph.
Alternatively, triple-click anywhere in a paragraph to select the whole thing.
• Select any block of text. Move the mouse pointer to the start of the text you
want. Click to position the cursor there. Holding down the Shift key, move the
mouse pointer to the end of your selection, and then click again. Word selects
the text between the two spots where you clicked. This one should be in the
Selection Hall of Fame; it’s saved serious wordsmiths a ton of time.
• Expand a selection. You didn’t drag the mouse quite far enough when you
selected some text and left off the last couple of letters of a word. Happens to the
best of us. Good news: You don’t have to start over again. If you want to expand
the selection beyond the end of your current selection, hold down the Shift key
and use the mouse to select more text. You can either click and drag, or click at
the point where you want the expanded selection to end.
• Select the entire document. Click Home ➝ Select ➝ Select All.