Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
When you want to make a change in Word, such as formatting text, you have to select it ﬁ rst.
This limits the scope of the change to the selection only. Word lets you take advantage of a
number of selection techniques that use the mouse or the mouse and keyboard together.
Dragging is perhaps the most intuitive way to select text, and it works well if your
selection isn’t limited to a complete unit such as a word or sentence. Simply move the mouse
pointer to the beginning of what you want to select, press and hold the left mouse button,
move the mouse to extend the selection highlighting, and release the mouse button to
complete the selection.
When you triple-click inside a paragraph, Word selects the entire paragraph. However,
where you click makes a difference. If you triple-click in the left margin, rather than in
a paragraph, and the mouse pointer’s shape is the arrow shown in Figure 4.14, the entire
document is selected.
A right-facing mouse pointer in the left margin indicates a different selection mode.
Is triple-clicking in the left margin faster and easier than pressing Ctrl+A, which also
selects the whole document? Not necessarily, but it might be if your hand is already on the
mouse. In addition, if you want the MiniBar to appear, the mouse method will summon it,
whereas Ctrl+A won’t.
Want something faster than triple-clicking? If you just happen to have one hand on the
mouse and another on the keyboard, Ctrl+click in the left margin. That also selects the
entire document and displays the Mini Toolbar.
If you Ctrl+click in a paragraph, the current sentence is selected. This can be handy when
you want to move, delete, or highlight a sentence. As someone who sometimes highlights
as I read, I also ﬁ nd that this can help me focus on a particular passage when I am simply
reading rather than editing.