Selecting Text

Selecting text in Word is easier than you think. Review this free lesson to learn all about the select text Word feature.

Second method: Use the pointer to select an entire line of text

To select a single line of text:

  • Move the I-beam to the left margin until it becomes a right-slanted white pointer.
  • Position the pointer to the left of the line you want to highlight.
  • Click once to highlight a single line.
  • Click and drag up or down to select as many lines as you want to edit.


  • This method is quick and easy.


  • It selects the entire line of text when you may not want it to.
  • It may take some practice to position the pointer correctly.