Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Quickly Selecting Text.

Quickly Selecting Text

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 1, 2019)

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You already know that you can use the mouse to select text by holding down the left mouse button and dragging the mouse to make a selection. There is an even quicker way to select text using the mouse, however. This is done in the following manner:

  1. Position the insertion point where you want the selection to begin.
  2. Move the mouse cursor so it points to where you want the selection to end.
  3. Hold down the Shift key as you click once on the left mouse button.

Multiple clicks of the mouse button can also be used to select text. Double-clicking on a word selects the word whereas triple-clicking on a word selects the paragraph in which the word occurs. There are also ways you can select text using keyboard shortcuts, but those are best left to a different tip. (This tip focuses on quickly selecting text using the mouse.)

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (9834) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Quickly Selecting Text.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is five more than 8?

2015-04-20 01:31:00

Betty

Under "Comments for this tip:", in the #2, shouldn't read "SHIFT+left-click" instead of "CRTL"+left-click?


2015-04-18 09:34:01

VJ-Very Joyful

To clarify,
1. Position cursor at beginning AND LEFT CLICK.
2. Position cursor at end, and CTRL+left-click.


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