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Here's a few shortcuts to share with you about selecting text with your mouse. That means with double, or triple, or quadruple clicks. So if you want to select a word, this one's is pretty basic, works the same in just about every application that deals with text, and that's just a simple double-click will select a word. InDesign will let you select a single line by triple-clicking: one, two, three. And I should note that that's actually a preference, because in most other products, triple-clicking selects a paragraph. So if I do, 1, 2, 3, in InDesign, by default, that actually does the line that you're in. If you wanted to select a paragraph, that would be four clicks, so one, two, three, four, selects the entire paragraph.
If I want to go to my Preferences, Command+K, Ctrl+K, under the Type category, there is that triple-click to select a line. It is on by default. If you don't like that and you just want to go right from a word to a paragraph, then you can turn that off. Go ahead and click OK. And then with the mouse, there is no way to select just a line anymore unless you click-and-drag. So now a triple-click will select the entire paragraph. Let's go back to Preferences and go to Type and we'll turn that back on. Go ahead and click OK. Then of course, if you want to select a paragraph, it's four clicks, one, two, three, four, and then the ever popular quintuple click, say that fast ten times, one, two, three, four, five to select the entire story. There you go.
Now sometimes if you have to click five times, it might just be easier just to do the Select All keyboard shortcut. So Command+A, Ctrl+A in Windows, but again this was about selections with the mouse. Then the next one just to remind everyone is you can click where you want the selection to start, hold down the Shift key and click where you want the selection to end, and it will select everything between the two clicks. So there you have it, some basic text selection with just using the mouse and clicking.
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