Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Session 2.1
Selecting Parts of a Document
Before you can do anything to text (such as deleting, moving, or formatting it), you often
need to highlight, or select it. You can select text by using the mouse or the keyboard,
although the mouse is usually easier and more efficient. With the mouse you can quickly
select a line or paragraph by clicking the selection bar (the blank space in the left margin
area of the Document window). You can also select text using various combinations of keys.
Figure 2-6 summarizes methods for selecting text with the mouse and the keyboard. The
notation “Ctrl+Shift” means you press and hold the two keys at the same time. Note that you
will use the methods described in Figure 2-6 as you work on the Tree FAQ document.
Methods for selecting text
Figure 2-6
To Select
Mouse
Keyboard
Mouse and Keyboard
A word
Double-click the word.
Move the insertion point to
the beginning of the word,
hold down Ctrl+Shift, and
then press
.
A line
Click in the selection
Move the insertion point to
bar next to the line.
the beginning of the line,
hold down Shift, and then
press
.
A sentence
Click at the beginning
Press and hold down the
of the sentence, then
Ctrl key, and click within
drag the pointer until
the sentence.
the sentence is selected.
Multiple lines
Click and drag in the
Move the insertion point to
selection bar next to
the beginning of the first line,
the lines.
hold down Shift, and then
press until all the lines
are selected.
A paragraph
Double-click in the
Move the insertion point to
selection bar next to
the beginning of the
the paragraph, or
paragraph, hold down
triple-click within the
Ctrl+Shift, and then press
.
paragraph.
Multiple paragraphs
Click in the selection
Move the insertion point to
bar next to the first
the beginning of the first
paragraph in the group,
paragraph, hold down
and then drag in the
Ctrl+Shift, and then press
selection bar to select
until all the paragraphs are
the paragraphs.
selected.
An entire document
Triple-click in the
Press Ctrl+A.
Press and hold down the
selection bar.
Ctrl key and click in the
selection bar.
A block of text
Click at the beginning
Click at the beginning of
of the block, then drag
the block, press and hold
the pointer until the
down the Shift key, and
entire block is selected.
then click at the end of
the block.
Nonadjacent blocks
Press and hold the Ctrl
of text
key, then drag the
mouse pointer to
select multiple blocks
of nonadjacent text.
 
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