How to Select Text in MS Word and MS Works Word Processor - tutorial
For editing commands such as copy, cut and paste, you must select the text.
You can select text using the mouse or the keyboard
To Select Text with the Mouse
Click at the beginning of the text you want to select.
Press and hold the left mouse button and drag to the end of the text.
To deselect text, click any area in the window.
If you wish to modify a selection you have made, press and hold the Shift key and left mouse button. Then drag forward or backward to adjust the amount of selected text. Or, hold down the Shift key and one of the arrow keys to change the selection.
You can also use these shortcuts for selecting text:
Select a Word:
Double-click the word
Select a Line or Paragraph:
Triple-click the line
Quadruple-click in the text
To Select Text with the Keyboard.
Selecting Blocks of Text with Shortcut Keys:
Move the cursor to the beginning of the text block. Hold down the Shift key and tap the left or right arrow key to select text.
Move the cursor
Cursor to beginning of line
Cursor to end of line
Cursor to beginning of paragraph
Cursor to end of paragraph
Cursor to beginning of document
Cursor to end of document
Select All text
If some text is selected and you press any navigation keystroke, then theselection is cancelled, and which character in the text is the current characteris changed. In particular:
- If you press RIGHT ARROW, then the selection is cancelled,and the first character after the text which was selected becomes the currentcharacter.
- If you press LEFT ARROW, then the selection is cancelled,and either the first or last character of the text which was selected becomesthe current character. The first character becomes the current character inMicrosoft Word and email programs such as Outlook Express. Other programs varyin which convention they follow. In single line edit boxes, the last characteroften becomes the current character.
Select Text using the Keyboard.