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Part 3. Editing Text > Selecting Text with the Mouse

Selecting Text with the Mouse

Position the I-beam at one end of the text that you want to select. Press and hold down your mouse button, drag to the other end of the text, and then release the mouse button.

If you selected the wrong amount of text, deselect it by clicking anywhere in the document.

To select an individual word, double-click it.

INTRODUCTION

Selecting (or highlighting) text is an essential word-processing skill. In many cases, you must select text before performing a command so Word knows what text you want to affect. For example, you must select text before cutting and pasting or applying many kinds of formatting. In this task, you learn how to select text using the mouse (the next task teaches you how to select with the keyboard).


To select a single sentence, hold down the Ctrl key as you click anywhere on the sentence. (This only works if no other text is selected.)

To select a paragraph, move the mouse pointer to the left of the paragraph and double-click.

To select the entire document, move the mouse pointer to the left of the text and triple-click.

CAUTION

If you have released the mouse button after selecting a block of text, you can't adjust the amount of text that's selected by pointing to it and dragging. If you try to do this, you'll end up moving the text instead. You can, however, adjust the selection by using the keyboard (see the next task). If you want to use the mouse to adjust the selection, press the Shift key while clicking your mouse (called a Shift+click) at the spot you want to extend/shrink the selection to, or click once to deselect the text, and then select again.


CAUTION

As you'll see in “Deleting Text” later in this part, when text is selected, any text you type replaces the selected text. If you don't want this to happen, deselect the text before typing.


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