Selecting Text

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

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Troubleshooting speedy selecting

When using the click-and-drag method to select text, have you ever selected a lot of text without meaning to? You've experienced speedy selecting.

To avoid this frustration:

  • Use Select All in the Edit menu

    OR
  • Use the Shift key:
    • Click once at the starting point of the text you want to select.
    • Hold down the Shift key while clicking again at the ending point of the text you want to select.
    • The text in between these two points should be selected.

Check this outKeep in mind that when text is selected, pressing any key deletes it. The Undo button often comes in handy for this common mistake.

Learn more about deleting and inserting text in the next lesson.