Quick Text Selection

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In Word 97, you can select text quickly by some simple key strokes rather than click and drag the mouse.

Key Strokes and Results

ACTION DESIRED

COMMAND

Highlight a word.

Place cursor in the word and double-click it.

Highlight a single line.

Move cursor or mouse to the left margin until the mouse icon appears, then click once to highlight the entire line.

Highlight a paragraph.

Move cursor or mouse to the left margin until the mouse icon appears and double-click to select.

Highlight a specific area of text.

Move cursor to the starting point of the text, hold the Shift key down and click once. Then move the cursor to the desired ending of text, hold the Shift key down and click once to select the area of text.

Cut, copy, or move selected text.

Once text is selected, right-click in selected block, and choose the cut option to move text or the copy option to duplicate it elsewhere. You can also use the icons in the menu such to cut, copy, or paste.

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