Selecting Text

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

Fifth 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+HomeCurrent line to the left of insertion point
Shift+EndCurrent line to the right of insertion point
Shift+Page UpA screenful of text from insertion point up
Shift+Page DownA screenful of text from insertion point down
Ctrl+Shift+Right ArrowOne word to the right of insertion point
Ctrl+Shift+Left ArrowOne word to the left of insertion point
Crtl+Shift+HomeAll text from insertion point to the beginning of document
Crtl+Shift+EndAll text from insertion point to the end of document
Alt+Ctrl+Shift+Page DownAll text from insertion point to end of the displayed window
F8+arrow keyFrom insertion point in the direction of whichever arrow is chosen;
F8 turns on selection mode; press Esc to leave selection mode
Crtl +ASelects entire document