Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Selecting Text
As a more advanced Word user, covering methods of selecting text might seem like old hat
to you, but bear with us. A little refresher—especially when some techniques are now easier
than ever—is good for the soul.
Selecting Text
Many of the editing tasks you undertake in Word begin with the selection of text. In fact,
you can speed up most text modification tasks by mastering precise selection techniques.
You can select text in a variety of ways:
Most commonly, you’ll select text by clicking and dragging the mouse (see Table 3-1)
You also might select text by using keyboard keys (see Table 3-2)
You can click a style in the Styles pane and select all text in the document that is
formatted in the same style
Learn more about selecting text with the purpose of modifying styles in Chapter 11,
“Formatting Your Document.”
Note
You can access a couple of key text selection options in Word Options in the
Advanced section under Editing Options. You can specify whether to
automatically select paragraph marks when you select paragraphs (the Use Smart
Paragraph Selection check box) and whether to select entire words when you select
part of one word and then part of the next word (the When Selecting,
Automatically Select Entire Word check box). Both text selection settings are activated by
default.
Table 3-1 Common Methods for Selecting Text Using the Mouse
Selection
Method
Word or single element
Double-click the word.
Sentence
Press Ctrl and click in the sentence.
Paragraph
Triple-click within the paragraph or place your mouse to the
far left of the paragraph, (this unmarked area is called the
Selection Bar ) and double-click.
Entire line
In the Selection Bar, point at a line and click once; drag
up or down in the Selection Bar to select multiple lines or
paragraphs.
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