May 29, 2013 |

Vertical Text Selection in MS Word

Usually, we select text horizontally — a word, a series of words, a paragraph — and it is left to right, up or down. But sometimes the selection has to be vertical a column of text, for example the first letter of each line, like the example below.

vertical selection

  1. Click where you want to begin selecting.
  2. Hold down the Alt key.
  3. Drag your mouse through the selection.
  4. Let go of the Alt key and THEN release the mouse (if you let go of the mouse first it won’t work and instead you will open the Research pane on the right side of the window).
  5. Go ahead and format/delete/whatever it is you wish to do, to that highlighted column of text!

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January 5, 2012 |

Using F8 for Word Highlighting

In Microsoft Word (all versions), the  F8 is one handy little key:

  • pressed twice, it selects the word around (or touching) the cursor
  • pressed three times it selects the whole sentence the cursor is sitting in
  • pressed four times it selects the whole paragraph the cursor is sitting in
  • pressed five times, it selects the whole document.
  • Select odd amounts: position the cursor where you wish to begin, press F8 and then use the cursors to extend the selection.
  • To escape from selecting selecting mode, press the Esc key.

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