Selecting Text

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

Fourth method: Use the keyboard

Many people use the keyboard to select text.

Shift+right arrowCharacter to the right of the insertion point
Shift+left arrowCharacter to the left of the insertion point
Shift+HomeThe current line to the left of the insertion point
Shift+EndThe current line to the right of the insertion point
Shift+PgUpA screenful of text from the insertion point up
Shift+PgDnA screenful of text from the insertion point down
Ctrl+Shift+Right ArrowOne word to the right of the insertion point
Ctrl+Shift+Left ArrowOne word to the left of the insertion point
Crtl+Shift+HomeAll text from the insertion point to the beginning of the document
Crtl+Shift+EndAll text from the insertion point to the end of the document
Alt+Ctrl+Shift+PgDnAll text from the insertion point to end of the displayed window
F8 and arrow keyFrom the insertion point in the direction of whichever arrow is chosen
F8 (selection mode)Press Esc to leave selection mode
Crtl+ASelects the entire file