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10. Select Text


Some text-editing activities—and nearly all of the text-formatting activities you'll explore in Chapter 4, “Changing the Way Text Looks,”—require selecting text, highlighting it so that whatever you do next affects only what you've highlighted.

If you've ever used a Windows or Mac word processor, you probably already know how to select. But just to cover all the bases, here are the basics of selecting.

1.
Point, Click, and Hold

Point to the very beginning of the text you want to select. Click on the spot you pointed to and hold down the mouse button.

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You can select an entire paragraph by triple-clicking it. Click fast.

2.
Drag to Select

Drag the mouse to the right to select characters to the right, or drag down to select large blocks of text.

3.
Release

Release the mouse button when the text you want to work on is highlighted. Don't click anywhere else until after you've completed what you want to do to that text—doing so deselects the text.

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