Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2010. 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: Selecting the Entire Document with the Mouse.

Selecting the Entire Document with the Mouse

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 2, 2013)

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If you need to select the entire document, you can do so with the mouse by following these steps:

  1. Move the mouse pointer to the left of the paragraphs in your document. (Make sure you don't click the mouse yet.) The pointer changes to an arrow pointing up and to the right.
  2. Hold down the Ctrl key.
  3. Click the left mouse button.

Another way to do this is to simply triple-click the left mouse button after step 1.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (12392) applies to Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Selecting the Entire Document with the Mouse.

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What is one more than 2?

2012-12-30 06:32:16

Surendera M. Bhanot

I means to say Ctrl+a


2012-12-30 06:30:44

Surendera M. Bhanot

and simply if you are on key-board, press Ctrl=A. That's all.


2012-12-29 19:58:05

Mary Bohnsack

I use Control + A to select ALL of a document. It is Mnemonic and easy to remember. Maryb


2012-12-29 05:08:34

sarma

Word 2007 has easier method.

Right Click quick access toolbar and click "Customize quick access tool bar." This brings up the dialog box.

In the choose commands from option, click and select All Commands option. All the available commands will cascade down.

keep pressing "S" till you see "Select All" button and add it to the quick access toolbar.
Click this and the whole doc gets selected.



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