Select text

Select text in Word to copy, move, or format large blocks of text at one time. You can use the keyboard short, Ctrl + A, to select all text, or you can use the editing tools.

Select all text

  1. Click anywhere within the document.

  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all text in the document.

Select specific text

You can also select a specific word, line of text, or one or more paragraphs.

  1. Place your cursor in front of the first letter of the word, sentence, or paragraph you want to select.

  2. Click and hold while you drag your cursor to select the text you want.

Other ways to select text

  • To select a single word, quickly double-click that word.

  • To select a line of text, place your cursor at the start of the line, press Shift + down arrow.

  • To select a paragraph, place your cursor at the start of the paragraph, press Ctrl + Shift + down arrow.

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