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Selecting text

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Before you can do anything with text, you need to select it. Selecting text in Writer is similar to selecting anything in other applications.

In addition to selecting blocks of text, you can select items that are not consecutive, and columns (vertical blocks) of text.

Selecting items that are not consecutive

To select non-consecutive items using the mouse:

  1. Select the first piece of text.
  2. Hold down the Control (Ctrl) key and use the mouse to select the next piece of text.
  3. Repeat as often as needed.

Now you can work with the selected text (copy it, delete it, change the style, or whatever).

Documentation note.png Macintosh users: substitute the Command key when instructions in this chapter say to use the Control key.
Selecting items that are not next to each other.

To select non-consecutive items using the keyboard:

  1. Select the first piece of text. (For more information about keyboard selection of text, see the topic “Navigating and selecting with the keyboard” in the OpenOffice.org Help (F1).)
  2. Press Shift+F8. This puts Writer in "Add" mode. The word ADD appears on the status bar.
  3. Use the arrow keys to move to the start of the next piece of text to be selected. Hold down the Shift key and select the next piece of text.
  4. Repeat as often as needed.

Now you can work with the selected text.

Press Esc to exit from this mode.

Selecting a vertical block of text

You can select a vertical block or “column” of text that is separated by spaces or tabs (as you might see in text pasted from e-mails, program listings, or other sources), using OOo’s block selection mode. To change to block selection mode, use Edit > Selection Mode > Block Area, or click several times in the status bar on STD until it changes to BLK.

StatusBlk.png

Now highlight the selection, using mouse or keyboard, as shown below.

Selecting a vertical block of text.


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