Microsoft Word – how to select text vertically

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Everyone knows how to highlight text in a Word document. You just click right before the beginning of a word, and then hold the mouse button down and drag to the end of the section that you want to highlight. Of course, there are some people that do it backwards – highlight from the end of the section back up to the beginning. This is called horizontal selection, and you would use it if you wanted to change the font of those words, copy and paste them to another location, or do something else with them. Forward or backwards doesn’t really matter; either way works fine.

Here’s something I bet you didn’t know: you can also select the text vertically. Go ahead and try this. Open a Word document that has a page full of text. Now, with the mouse act like you are going to select the first couple of paragraphs (like I mentioned above). But while doing that, hold down the ALT key on your keyboard.

Interesting, huh?

This week’s video is about a guy who goes into different retail establishments and tries to get a clerk to help him with his purchase. Why is he not successful? I’ll give you a hint – his nickname is “Mumbles”. This guy is talented – he almost seems to have developed a different language.

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May 20th, 2008

This tip is very useful if you’re trying to print out part of a document that you have in two or more columns. I was trying to do that the other day and couldn’t figure it out. It kept highlighting the whole thing, no matter what I did. Thanks.
> Joyce