Click at the beginning of a vertical block of text to choose it. Then, while holding down the [Shift] key, click again at the other end of the block. Finally, let go of the Shift key.
This is a useful approach for copying only one column of a tabular list.
Using the keyboard, select text.
|To select||Do this|
|A vertical block of text||Press CTRL+SHIFT+F8, and then use the arrow keys. Press ESC to turn off the selection mode.|
|The nearest character||Press F8 to turn on selection mode, and then press LEFT ARROW or RIGHT ARROW; press ESC to turn off the selection mode.|
Follow these steps to select a chunk of text using the keyboard: Set the insertion point to the place that defines the block's upper-left corner. Ctrl+Shift+F8 is the shortcut. To include all of the needed text, use the cursor control keys to expand the block.
The most natural and popular method of selecting text is to click and drag the mouse.
Place your cursor at the beginning of a line of text and click Shift + down arrow to select it. Place your cursor at the beginning of a paragraph and press Ctrl + Shift + down arrow to select it. These techniques work for most applications.
Position the cursor at the beginning (or end) of the block you wish to pick to adjust the selection region. Then, while holding down the [Alt] key, move your mouse up and down, as well as right and left, to choose only the block you want—without Word's interfering assumptions. When you're done making changes, release all keys except the one that started the selection.
If you start selecting text while holding down the [Shift] key, then you are using a different method called "Block Selection." Pressing and holding the [Shift] key while moving the mouse selects the text in a rectangular area. You can only select text that is next to other text or within a certain distance from an edge. To clear the current selection, press the [Esc] key or click anywhere outside of the selection.
If you start selecting text while holding down the [Ctrl] key, then you are using a third method called "Extended Block Selection." Like the name suggests, this method allows you to select larger blocks of text. However, like the previous method, you can't edit or move any of the selected text.
Vertically position text in a shape or text box.