10 Word Selection Tips Everyone Should Know

10 Word Selection Shortcuts Everyone Should Know

By Marie McCooey

Let’s admit it.

Selecting text in Word can be tedious and slow.

Do you wish you knew a quicker way to select text to format, move, and delete?

In this post, you’ll learn 10 must-know Word mouse selection shortcuts to help you improve your selection speed.

Click and drag

1. Probably the one shortcut used most often to select text is to click and drag the mouse over the text.

Word Selection Shortcuts to Click and drag

Select a word

2. Hover over a word and double click the mouse to select the word.

Word Selection Shortcuts to Select a word

Select a sentence

3. Place the cursor over the sentence to select, press the CTRL key and click the mouse button.

Word Selection Shortcuts to Select a sentence

Select a paragraph

4. Place the cursor over the paragraph to select and triple-click the mouse button.

Word Selection Shortcuts to Select a paragraph

Select an entire line

5. Place the cursor in the Selection area in the left margin opposite the line to select.
When the insertion point changes to an arrow pointer, click.

Word Selection Shortcuts to Select an entire line

Select multiple lines

6. Place the cursor in the Selection area in the left margin opposite the first line to select.
When the insertion point changes to an arrow pointer, press and hold the mouse button and drag to select multiple lines.

Word Selection Shortcuts to Select multiple lines

Select a variable amount of text

7. Place the cursor at the beginning of the text to select and click.
Position the cursor at the end of the text.
Be sure NOT to CLICK!
Press the SHIFT key, then click the mouse button.

Word Selection Shortcuts to Select a variable amount of text

Select an entire document

8. Triple click in the left margin.

Word Selection Shortcuts to Select an entire document

Select a vertical block of text

9. Press the ALT key and drag up or down.
For more details on selecting text vertically see Selecting Text Vertically in Word.

Word Selection Shortcuts to Select text vertically

Select two or more separate blocks of text

10. Select the first section of text.
Press the CTRL key and select the next section of text and the next and so on until all sections of text are selected.
This method is useful to apply the same formatting to multiple sections of text.

Word Selection Shortcuts to Select two or more separate blocks of text

The next time you’re frustrated with the time you’re wasting as you struggle to select text in Word, give these shortcuts a try.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the time you’ll save.