Selecting text quickly in Microsoft Word

Many people using Microsoft Word think they have to click and drag with the mouse to select all text. However, there are keyboard shortcuts which you may well find quicker.

To select one word, double-click (i.e. click twice using the left mouse button) within the word.

To select one paragraph, either triple-click (i.e. click three times using the left mouse button) within the paragraph, or point to the blank area to the left of the paragraph and double-click with the left mouse button

To select a sentence, hold down the Ctrl key and click anywhere within the sentence you want to select.

To select one line of text, point to the blank area to the left of the line of text, then click once with the left mouse button.

To select the whole document, press Ctrl + A or point to the blank area to the left of the text and triple-click.

To select an area of text without dragging, click to the left of the first character you want to select, hold down the Shift key, then click to the right of the last character you want to select.

To select non-contiguous areas of text, select the first area of text in one of the ways outlined above, then hold down the Ctrl key and select additional text as required.

To quickly get to the top of a Word document, press Ctrl + Home.

To quickly get to the bottom of a Word document, press Ctrl + End.

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About jdonbavand

I am a trainer of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project and Crystal Reports. I have called my blog "If Only I'd Known That...." because I hear it so many times in training sessions. In fact, if only I had a £100 (or 150 Aussie dollars)for every time someone says "If only I'd known that." ....
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