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Chapter 9. Creating and Editing Word Documents > Selecting and Deselecting Text

Selecting and Deselecting Text

Earlier in this chapter you learned how to use the arrow keys and mouse to move around in a document. As you work in a document, you will often need to select and deselect text. For example, you might need to select a phrase to delete it or to make it bold or italic. You need to select a word or selection of text before you can copy it to the Clipboard. Before you perform any action on existing text, you need to select that text. Here are some ways to select text with the mouse:

  • Select a word or phrase— Click to the left or right of the text and drag the cursor. Word highlights the selected text. You can also double-click a word to select it.

  • Select a line— Place the pointer at the left edge of the line and when the pointer changes to a right-facing arrow, click the mouse button.

  • Select a paragraph— Place the pointer at the left edge of the paragraph and when the pointer changes to a right-facing arrow, double-click the mouse button. Or triple-click a paragraph.


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