Select a shape or other object

Sizing handles indicate that a shape or object has been selected.

Which 2007 Microsoft Office system program are you using?

Excel

Outlook

PowerPoint

Word

Tips for selecting shapes and objects

Excel

  1. On the Home tab, in the Editing group, click Find & Select.

    Excel Ribbon Image

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To select objects that are hidden, stacked, or behind text, click Select Objects, and then draw a box over the objects.

    • To open the task pane where you can select, multiselect, show, hide, or change the order of objects, click Selection Pane, and then click the options that you want.

Tip   You can also use shortcuts to select shapes or objects.

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Outlook

  1. In a mail message, on the Format Text tab, in the Editing group, click Select.

    Outlook Ribbon Image

  2. Do one of the following;

    • To select all of the text in the mail message, click Select All.

    • To select objects that are hidden, stacked, or behind text, click Select Objects, and then draw a box over the objects.

    • To select text with similar formatting, click Select Text with Similar Formatting.

Tip   You can also click the border of an object to select it.

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PowerPoint

  1. On the Home tab, in the Editing group, click Select.

    PowerPoint Ribbon Image

  2. Do one of the following;

    • To select all of the objects and placeholders on the slide, click Select All.

    • To select objects that are hidden, stacked, or behind text, click Select Objects, and then draw a box over the objects.

    • To open the selection pane, where you can select, multiselect, show, hide, or change the order of objects, click Selection Pane, and then click the options that you want.

Tip   You can also use shortcuts to select shapes or objects.

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Word

  1. On the Home tab, in the Editing group, click Select.

    Word Ribbon Image

  2. Do one of the following;

    • To select all of the text in the document, click Select All.

    • To select shapes that are hidden, stacked, or behind text, click Select Objects, and then draw a box over the shapes.

      To select other objects, such as pictures, SmartArt graphics, or charts, press and hold CTRL while you select the objects that you want.

    • To select text with similar formatting, click Select Text with Similar Formatting.

Tip   You can also use shortcuts to select shapes or objects.

Note   The Select tools don’t work on inserted images in Word. To select images, we suggest that you insert the images into a drawing canvas. When you insert shapes and images in a drawing canvas, you can select them by dragging a box over the objects. For more information, see Add a drawing to a document.

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Tips for selecting shapes and objects

To do this

Do the following

Select multiple objects.

Press and hold SHIFT or CTRL while you click the objects.

Select an object that is under other objects and cycle forward through the stack of objects.

Select the top object, and then press TAB.

Select an object that is under other objects and cycle backward through the stack of objects.

Select the top object, and then press SHIFT+TAB.

Select objects that are part of a group.

Select the group, and then do one of the following:

  • To select one object, click the object.

  • To select multiple shapes in a group, press and hold SHIFT or CTRL while you click the shapes.

Cancel the selection of one object at a time.

Press and hold SHIFT or CTRL while you click each object.

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Applies To: Outlook 2007, Excel 2007, Word 2007, PowerPoint 2007



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