Selecting Text

When selecting text Office XP offers you several options. Learn what they are in this free lesson.

Selecting text

When creating a file, you might want to change the way text appears.

Before you can change the font style, size, or color and replace or delete text, you must first select it. There are many different selection techniques.

Remember:
  1. Select what you want to change.
  2. Edit text.
  3. Click anywhere outside the selected area to deselect text.
First method: Click and drag to select text
  • Move your pointer until the I-Beam (insertion point) is next to the text you want to edit.
  • Click the left mouse button.
  • Without releasing the mouse button, drag the insertion point to select text.
  • Release the left mouse button when you've selected the text you want to change.

Click and drag to select text

Pros:
  • This method highlights letters, words, and even entire documents.
  • There's a lot of control with individual letters, words, and phrases.
Cons:

A lack of control may cause you to:

  • Select the entire file when you don't want to
  • Select text to the right when you want to select to the left and vice versa