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.
Select a word
2. Hover over a word and double click the mouse to select the word.
Select a sentence
3. Place the cursor over the sentence to select, press the CTRL key and click the mouse button.
Select a paragraph
4. Place the cursor over the paragraph to select and triple-click the mouse button.
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.
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.
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.
Select an entire document
8. Triple click in the left margin.
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.
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.
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.