Alternative to Selecting Text

This is helpful for selecting large areas of text in many Windows programs, including FrontPage.

You probably know that you can select large areas of text by clicking on one spot, then dragging up or down. You can also select an area of text by using the following technique:

1) Clicking a spot in your page or document, then

2) Go to a new location on a page using the scroll bar if needed.

3) When you locate the end of an area you wish to select, while holding the SHIFT key down, Click the end spot with the left mouse button (SHIFT+Click). The selected area will be highlighted.

Note: In many Windows applications, pressing Ctrl+A will select ALL - everything on the page or in the document.

You can then *Right-click to choose copy, cut, or delete. This can be a quicker way to select text, especially if the alternative is dragging through several screens.

In addition to selecting text in a Word Processor or a program like FrontPage, you can also use the technique on a section of a web page in your browser! Even though you only see the pointer cursor when you click once, your PC will recognize the click as the beginning of a selection. The ending section is selected when you SHIFT+Click. Try it here by clicking on the first letter in this paragraph and SHIFT-Click just to the right of the exclamation point at the end of the sentence.

You can use the technique in FrontPage to select a series of cells in a table by clicking the left most character in a row, then scroll down to the last to be chosen and SHIFT-Click. You can then choose the appropriate menu item, like Delete Cells.

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*NOTE: Using the Right click to choose a menu item is just one method of performing the operations. You can also use the following shortcuts by pressing the indicated keys (press the first key down, then while holding down the first key, press the second).

CTRL+Insert = Copy to clipboard
Shift+Insert = Paste from clipboard
Shift+Delete = Cut and place in clipboard

After a little practice, the shortcuts can become useful time savers.

These combinations have been standards for Windows since version 3.0 or earlier.  The introduction of [Ctrl]+C, [Ctrl]+V, & [Ctrl]+X were added to Windows programs to make Mac users feel more comfortable.

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