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16.  TECH TIP – Selecting Text

 

The most common way to select text is to simply click and hold the left mouse button down and drag over the text.  Of course, you know that you must select text before you can format it – like make it bold, underline, change the font and size, etc.

 

There are many other ways to select text besides dragging over it.  Here are some cool ways to select text.  How many of these methods do you know?

 

KeyBoard Selecting

  • SHIFT- Arrow keys:  Hold down the SHIFT key and press the left, right, up, or down arrow keys.
  • SHIFT-Home:  This selects all text to the beginning of the line.
  • SHIFT-End:  This selects all text to the end of the line.
  • CTRL-A:  Selects an entire document.

 

Mouse Selecting

  • Double-click on a word selects that word
  • Triple click anywhere in a paragraph to select an entire paragraph
  • Move the pointer to the left of the text (the left margin) and when the cursor turns into a right pointing arrow, click once to select a line or click and drag down to select a number of lines.

Combination mouse click with key press

  • SHIFT-Click:  Click anywhere in a document where you want the selection to start – Hold down the Shift key – click anywhere else in the document to select that entire section.
  • CTRL-Click in the middle of a sentence to select the entire sentence.
  • Hold down the ALT key and drag the mouse to select an area   

 

All these methods work in Microsoft Word.  They may work in other word processors and some work in Internet Explorer.  Try them out – they’ll make your computing easier.

 

 

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