Friday Donut tip: faster ways to select text in Microsoft Word


Date: 18 May 2012

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Working with text in Microsoft Word

If you’re anything like me, you probably use Microsoft Word a lot. If so, you can make it much easier to edit and move text around simply by learning a few shortcuts that help you select text.

Once you get the hang of these (it won’t take long), you’ll be surprised at what a difference it makes to your work:

  • To select a single word, just double-click that word with your mouse.
  • To select a whole paragraph, simply triple-click a word with the mouse.

To select a single line of your document, move the mouse pointer into the left margin of your document. It should change to point to the right. Then click once.

Bonus tip:

If you want to extend the size of a selection you’ve already made, it’s easy to do so using your keyboard. Hold down the shift key, then tap the right arrow to increase the amount of selected text, one letter at a time.

To extend the selection a whole word at a time, hold CRTL and shift and tap the right arrow.

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