Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Using the Navigation pane
If you Alt+click a word or a selected passage, that looks up the word or selection using
Offi ce’s Research pane. This method of displaying the Research pane can just be a little
faster than selecting one of the Proofi ng group options on the Review tab.
You can use Alt+drag to select a vertical column of text — even if the text is not column
oriented. This can be useful when you are working with monospaced fonts (where each
character has the same width) and there is a de facto columnar setup. Note that if the text
uses a proportional font (where character widths vary), the selection may appear to be
irregular, with letters cut off as shown in Figure 4.15.
With the Alt key pressed, you can drag to select a vertical swath of text.
Click where you want a selection to start, and then Shift+click where you want it to end.
You can continue Shift+clicking to expand or reduce the selection. This technique can be
useful if you have diffi culty dragging to highlight exactly the selection you want.
A few versions of Word ago, it became possible to make multiple noncontiguous selections
in a document. While many know this, many more don’t. To do it, make your fi rst selection.
Then, hold down the Ctrl key to make additional selections. Once you’ve made as many
selections as you want, you can then apply the desired formatting to them, copy all of the
selections to the Clipboard, paste the contents of the Clipboard over all of the selections,
and so forth.
Using the Navigation pane
You can press Page Up or Page Down to scroll a document a screen at a time, but that can
become tedious for a lengthy document such as a report or book chapter. Word includes a
Navigation pane that enables you to use three quick methods for navigating in a document.
To display the Navigation pane, check the View Show Navigation Pane check box visible
in Figure 4.16.
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