Shortcut for selecting can be one of your best time savers when working with Microsoft Word. It is one of the frequently used activities with MS Word.

Without further ado, below are the various shortcuts for selecting text in MS Word:

Shortcut Use
Ctlr+A To select all text in Word.
Shift+Down To select text by lines downwards.
Shift+Up To select text by lines upwards.
Shift+Left To select character by character towards the left.
Shift+right To select character by character towards the right.
Ctrl+Shift+Down To select paragraph by paragraph downwards.
Ctrl+Shift+Left To select word by word towards the left.
Ctrl+Shift+Right To select word by word towards the right
Ctrl+Shift+Down To select paragraph by paragraph upwards.
Ctrl+Shift+End To select from where the pointer is to the end of the document
Ctrl+Shift+Home To select from where the pointer is to the beginning of the document.

To use these shortcuts:

  • First press and hold either Ctrl or Shift or both depending on how you want to select the text.
  • While holding on to these keys, press the last key as indicated in the table above – A/Down/Up/Left/Right.

These steps will help you select text in Word with flexibility.

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