eSource: Selecting Text in MS Word 2010
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eSource: Selecting Text in MS Word 2010

Handy tip or trick

To move text or copy it from one place to another in Word, you have to select it first. You can also erase text by selecting it and pressing the Delete key, so it pays to know how to select text.

A word: Double-click the word.

A line: Click in the left margin next to the line.

A few lines: Drag the mouse over the lines or drag the mouse pointer down the left margin.

A paragraph: Double-click in the left margin next to the paragraph.

A bunch of text: Click at the start of the text, hold down the Shift key, and click at the end of the text.

A mess of text: Put the cursor where you want to start selecting, press F8 or double-click EXT (it stands for Extend) on the status bar, and press an arrow key, drag the mouse, or click at the end of the selection.

Even more text: If you select text and realize you want to select yet more text, double-click EXT on the status bar and start dragging the mouse or pressing arrow keys.

An entire document: Hold down the Ctrl key and click in the left margin, or triple-click in the left margin, or choose Edit, Select All, or press Ctrl+A.


Submitted by: Admin ACES Technology Help Desk
Date submitted: 01/11/2006, last modified 11/01/2012
Categories: Computers and Technology