Word 2007 Essential Training
Illustration by Bruce Heavin

Selecting text


From:

Word 2007 Essential Training

with David Rivers

Start your free trial now, and begin learning software, business and creative skills—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.

Start Your Free Trial Now

Video: Selecting text

Okay, before you start making changes to your existing text, like removing it or formatting it, you want to know some quick and easy ways to select that text first. Now my dad, whose learning in his own pace, still uses the backspace ket to remove an entire paragraph. And sure, if you hold it down long enough the paragraph will eventually disappear. But to save you time and effort, lets look at some good selecting techniques. First of all, if you've got any documents open, go to the Office button and click Close until you come back to this blank screen so you know you don't have any other documents open.
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 40s
    1. Welcome
      40s
  2. 28m 22s
    1. Getting started with Word
      1m 20s
    2. Understanding the interface
      9m 22s
    3. Navigating the interface
      11m 24s
    4. Navigating documents
      6m 16s
  3. 18m 39s
    1. Creating new documents
      5m 25s
    2. Importing documents
      4m 35s
    3. Saving documents
      5m 41s
    4. Sending documents
      2m 58s
  4. 12m 33s
    1. Using Print Preview
      2m 44s
    2. Using Quick Print
      2m 30s
    3. Setting print options and printing
      7m 19s
  5. 23m 27s
    1. Selecting text
      3m 45s
    2. Formatting text
      5m 2s
    3. Using Find and Replace
      3m 35s
    4. Undo, Redo, and Repeat
      3m 26s
    5. Copying, pasting, and moving text
      4m 36s
    6. Showing formatting
      3m 3s
  6. 20m 27s
    1. Using indents
      3m 51s
    2. Setting justification
      3m 19s
    3. Changing line spacing
      4m 10s
    4. Setting tabs
      6m 9s
    5. Using the Highlighter
      2m 58s
  7. 38m 23s
    1. Changing margins
      5m 53s
    2. Changing orientation
      2m 29s
    3. Page numbering
      5m 41s
    4. Choosing paper size and source
      3m 58s
    5. Headers and footers
      7m 23s
    6. Applying a Page Background
      7m 56s
    7. Using Watermarks
      5m 3s
  8. 20m 9s
    1. Checking spelling and grammar
      4m 54s
    2. Finding synonyms
      3m 36s
    3. Looking up words and translations
      4m 55s
    4. Setting document proofing options
      6m 44s
  9. 23m 18s
    1. Modifying Environment settings
      7m 45s
    2. Modifying Display and Document settings
      6m 47s
    3. Modifying toolbars and keyboards
      8m 46s
  10. 15m 7s
    1. Creating a bulleted list
      7m 27s
    2. Creating a numbered list
      3m 36s
    3. Editing a list
      4m 4s
  11. 55m 25s
    1. Creating tables from scratch
      5m 29s
    2. Creating tables from text
      3m 25s
    3. Inserting an Excel spreadsheet
      5m 3s
    4. Modifying tables
      7m 44s
    5. Formatting tables
      7m 32s
    6. Making calculations in a table
      4m 13s
    7. Creating charts
      5m 43s
    8. Modifying chart data
      2m 7s
    9. Modifying chart appearance
      12m 28s
    10. Creating text from a table
      1m 41s
  12. 10m 17s
    1. Using Styles
      3m 3s
    2. Creating Styles
      3m 37s
    3. Editing and deleting Styles
      3m 37s
  13. 9m 21s
    1. Creating and using Building Blocks
      4m 27s
    2. Editing and organizing Building Blocks
      4m 54s
  14. 26m 23s
    1. Creating a Mail Merge
      13m 27s
    2. Creating a Data Source
      5m 21s
    3. Merging to create envelopes and labels
      7m 35s
  15. 8m 55s
    1. Sorting text
      4m 14s
    2. Sorting numbers
      2m 10s
    3. Sorting in tables
      2m 31s
  16. 10m 35s
    1. Creating Macros
      5m 40s
    2. Playing a Macro
      1m 46s
    3. Editing a Macro
      3m 9s
  17. 10m 12s
    1. Working with Newspaper Columns
      5m 31s
    2. Working with Parallel Columns
      4m 41s
  18. 24m 12s
    1. Working with Pictures and Clip Art
      10m 23s
    2. Working with Shapes
      5m 10s
    3. Working with SmartArt
      8m 39s
  19. 40m 40s
    1. Tracking changes
      7m 40s
    2. Reviewing changes
      3m 42s
    3. Sending and faxing documents
      3m 39s
    4. Password-protecting documents
      3m 4s
    5. Linking and embedding
      10m 7s
    6. Inspecting a document
      2m 43s
    7. Encrypting a document
      2m 45s
    8. Adding a digital signature
      7m 0s
  20. 30m 9s
    1. Creating cross-references
      3m 40s
    2. Creating a table of contents
      4m 8s
    3. Creating an index
      4m 42s
    4. Creating footnotes and endnotes
      7m 17s
    5. Using hyperlinks
      4m 24s
    6. Using bookmarks
      3m 25s
    7. Using a document map or thumbnails
      2m 33s
  21. 29s
    1. Goodbye
      29s

please wait ...
Watch the Online Video Course Word 2007 Essential Training
7h 8m Beginner Jan 23, 2007

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

From a new interface to timesaving content galleries, the latest version of Word brings a lot to the table. Instructor David Rivers explains each of its new features and attributes, from understanding and navigating its new interface, to using new formatting controls and extensive page layout techniques. Whether new to Word or wanting to learn about the new version, Rivers gives insight for increased productivity and professional documents with Word 2007. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.

Subjects:
Business Education + Elearning
Software:
Word
Author:
David Rivers

Selecting text

Okay, before you start making changes to your existing text, like removing it or formatting it, you want to know some quick and easy ways to select that text first. Now my dad, whose learning in his own pace, still uses the backspace ket to remove an entire paragraph. And sure, if you hold it down long enough the paragraph will eventually disappear. But to save you time and effort, lets look at some good selecting techniques. First of all, if you've got any documents open, go to the Office button and click Close until you come back to this blank screen so you know you don't have any other documents open.

Next we're going to open up another document, so back to the Office button, click Open, and this time we're going to navigate to the Lesson 4 folder, so go back to the Word folder of your Documents folder and double-click Lesson 4. And what were going to do is open job posting, this first one right here. And we'll click Open. Okay so here's a document with some pretty plain text in it and let's take a look at the fourth paragraph down here. So count down four paragraphs and this one right here you can see is a repeat of this first paragraph up here.

Now that needs to go. So let's look at a few ways to select it first. One way to select this entire paragraph is to take our mouse, go right to the beginning, click and drag across and down right to the end. And you can see now the entire paragraph is selected. That's one way. Another way is to, with our mouse, right inside the paragraph anywhere, triple-click. So three quick clicks, highlights the entire paragraph. Now, if you want to click less than that even, lets deselect it by clicking and move into the left-hand margin next to it.

Now you can just click twice to select the entire paragraph. So I kind of like that. I like to go in to the margins, just double click and I've got my entire paragraph selected. Now I need to do is go to my keyboard and hit the Delete key. There we go. It's gone. I need to hit Delete one more time to remove the blank line and that looks good. One more quick way to select the entire document is from the Editing group on the ribbon. So if we move up here to the top and all the way over here to the right-hand side of our ribbon, you can see we've got the Editing group.

So here we've got Find, Replace and look at this, we've got select and it's got a little drop-down arrow. When we click it you can see some options are Select All, Select Objects and Select Text with Similar Formatting. So we can select text that's formatted the same way as the text that is where our cursor flashing. That's kind of neat. But right here is the one I was talking about, Select All, and you'll notice that Control + A is the keyboard shortcut for selecting an entire document. So if we click that look what happens. The entire document from start to finish, top to bottom, is selected.

So if we wanted to, for example, maybe change the font for an entire document, this would be a quick way to do it. Font changes is the most popular but even cooler is the ability to only select text that's the same so specially formatted text is not selected. So let's go back here, we'll click in this paragraph, and back to Select in the Editing group, and we'll go down to Select Text with Similar Formatting. Now look what happens. The rest of the document is formatted the same as where my cursor was, so it all gets selected. I want you to scroll down now a little bit and you'll see that some of the text is not and that's this e- mail address right here.

Because it's formatted differently, it was not selected. So imagine how long it takes us to format this entire document differently except for one piece of text in the document itself. So that's kind of neat. Now that we've got selecting mastered, let's move on to formatting text that we selected.

There are currently no FAQs about Word 2007 Essential Training.

 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now Already a member? Log in

* Estimated file size

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Word 2007 Essential Training.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your lynda.com subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.