Change how Word selects words and paragraphs

When you select a paragraph, Microsoft Office Word 2007 also selects the corresponding paragraph mark Paragraph mark . Because the paragraph mark is selected, you can automatically copy the paragraph's formatting attributes, such as alignment and spacing. When you select a word, Office Word 2007 automatically selects the entire word and the space that follows it.

If you don't want to copy the paragraph's formatting attributes or if you want to select only a portion of a word, you can change these options.

Tip: To view paragraph marks and other hidden formatting symbols, on the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click Show/Hide.

Show/Hide button

What do you want to do?

Stop Word from automatically including paragraph formatting

Stop Word from automatically selecting whole words

Stop Word from automatically including paragraph formatting

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Office button image , and then click Word Options.

  2. Click Advanced.

  3. Under Editing options, clear the Use smart paragraph selection check box.

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Stop Word from automatically selecting whole words

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Office button image , and then click Word Options.

  2. Click Advanced.

  3. Under Editing options, clear the When selecting, automatically select entire word check box.

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