Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Many things you do in Word 2013 require you to select the text
that you want to manipulate. That’s true for copying text, for-
matting text, replacing text with different words, applying styles,
and so on. Because selecting is so fundamental, Word offers sev-
eral ways to do it. You can use the method that best suits your
needs and with which you’re most comfortable.
select text by using the mouse
1 To select a small amount of text, click and hold the mouse button at
the beginning of the text that you want to select, drag to the end of
the text, and then release the mouse button.
2 To select more than one screenful of text, click and release the
mouse button at the beginning of the text to be selected. Use the
vertical scroll bar (or the mouse’s scroll wheel, if it has one) to move
through the document. While holding down the Shift key, click the
mouse button at the end of the text to be selected.
3 To select a single word, double-click anywhere in the word.
4 To select a sentence, hold down the Ctrl key while you click any-
where in the sentence.
5 To select a line, move the mouse cursor into the left margin next to
the line and click there.
6 To select a paragraph, move the mouse cursor into the left margin
next to the paragraph and double-click there.
7 To select everything in the main body of the document (not includ-
ing headers, footers, footnotes, and endnotes), on the Home tab, in
the Editing group, click Select and then click Select All.
TRY ThIs Select some text. Then, hold down the Ctrl key
while you select some text elsewhere on the page. This
“non-contiguous selection” can be used to apply the same formatting
to multiple places all at once, without affecting everything in between.
TIP To deselect any selection, just click once anywhere in the