There are several ways to highlight text in software applications. Keyboard and mouse shortcuts often can help save time. Shortcuts can be found in the application menus, written beside the name of the shortcut to be performed. Most computers also allow users to program their own shortcuts. Learn many of the standard shortcuts to increase your efficiency in navigating through text.
Highlighting Single Characters and Words
Pressing the "Shift" plus "Left" arrow key will highlight one character to the left of the cursor. Pressing the "Shift" plus "Right" arrow key will highlight one character to the right of the cursor. "Ctrl" plus "Shift" plus "Left" will highlight the word to the left of the cursor, and "Ctrl" plus "Shift" plus "Right" will highlight the word to the right of the cursor.
Highlighting Lines and Paragraphs
To highlight text from the cursor through one line up, press the "Shift" key plus the "Up" arrow key. To highlight through one line down, press "Shift" plus the "Down" arrow key. To highlight to the beginning of the current paragraph, press "Ctrl" plus "Shift" plus "Up." Pressing "Ctrl" plus "Shift" plus "Down" will highlight all text from the cursor's position to the end of the paragraph.
Highlighting Blocks of Text
Place the cursor at the beginning of the block of text to be highlighted, press and hold the "Shift key," then place the mouse pointer at the end of the block and click the left mouse button.
Highlighting All Words in a Document
Selecting text in a document can be done by placing your cursor at the beginning of the document, holding down the left mouse key and dragging to the end of the word, paragraph, sentence or the entire document. Pressing the keyboard shortcut "Ctrl" plus "A" will quickly highlight the entire document. Pressing "Ctrl" plus "Shift" plus "Home" will highlight from the current cursor position to the beginning of the document. "Ctrl" plus "Shift" plus "End" will highlight from the cursor to the end of the document.
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