By Lois Lowe

Selecting blocks of text in Word 2013 before you issue an editing or formatting command allows you to act on the entire block at once. For example, you can select multiple paragraphs before applying new line spacing or indentation settings, and those settings apply to every paragraph in the selection.

You have many ways to select text:

  • Click and drag across the text with the left mouse button pressed to select any amount of text.

  • Move the insertion point to the beginning of the text, and then hold down the Shift key while you press the arrow keys to extend the selection.

  • Press the F8 key to turn on Extend mode, and then you can use the arrow keys to extend the selection.

  • Double-click a word to select it or triple-click a paragraph to select it.

  • Press Ctrl+A to select the entire document.

  • Click to the left of a line to select that line.

  1. In a Word 2013 file, triple-click a paragraph to select it.

  2. Hold down the Shift key and press the down-arrow key twice to extend the selection to the next paragraph.

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    For more practice, click away from the selected paragraphs to deselect them. Then double-click several words to select them. Next, double-click one word and hold down the Shift key while you double-click a different word. Try it again with the Ctrl key instead of Shift.

  3. Press Ctrl+A to select the entire document, and then click away from the selected text to deselect it.

  4. Drag the mouse across a word to select it, and then position the mouse pointer to the left of the first line in the second paragraph.

    The mouse pointer turns into a white arrow that points diagonally up and to the right.

    If you don’t see the arrow, make sure you are in Print Layout view. On the View tab, click Print Layout.

  5. Click to select the line.

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  6. Close the document without saving your changes because you didn’t make any in this exercise.