New Ways to Select Text in Microsoft Word

Jan 19, 2011

New, Robust Feature It’s a well-known fact that in most word processing programs, you can hold your left mouse button and drag text to highlight it. From that point, you can then cut/copy the text or change the formatting of text. Microsoft Word 2007 and now 2010 take this concept a couple of steps further. The first item you can do is select multiple pieces of text, even if separated, at once. You can do this by holding down the CTRL and Shift keys on your keyboard and then dragging over the pieces of text you wish to modify. Once you have your text selected, change the formatting or cut/copy the text as you see fit. The second improvement to text selection is vertical text selection. Generally, highlighting text in word is a horizontal process. But, what if you want to make the first letter in each line in a document bold? You can do this with vertical text selection. To do this, hold down the ALT and Shift keys on your keyboard and then drag your mouse over the area you wish to modify. From here, you may apply formatting to the text or copy/paste the text as you see fit. For more information on these and other ways to perform text selections, visit

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