Mouse-less Navigation & Highlighting
Have you ever found yourself editing a document and madly jumping between the mouse and keyboard, making adjustments every few words or lines?
Are you muttering to yourself the whole time that there must be a better way?
Yeah, me too.
Fortunately, for both of us, there is.
One way to speed the process up is to navigate through the document using the Control, Shift, Home, End, Page Up, Page Down and arrow keys to move and highlight.
Different combinations of these keys can quickly transport your cursor to a new location, highlight text and basically make life a lot easier for my readers who prefer to go mouse-less.
To begin, we all know the arrow keys alone will move you through the document one line up and down or one space left and right.
Now let’s “supercharge” those arrow keys.
To move from word to word, instead of from space to space, simply use Control + either the left or right arrow. You will jump to the first letter of the word in the direction of the arrow you chose.
To move one paragraph at a time use Control + the up and down arrows. This will move you to the beginning of the next paragraph in whatever direction you chose.
We all know that the Home key will move your cursor to the beginning of the current line. Also, I’m sure we’re all aware that the End key moves the cursor to the end of the current line.
The Control key will “supercharge” these little gems too.
Control + Home will move your cursor to the very top of the document.
Control + End will move you to the very end of the document.
Similarly, the Page Up and Page Down keys can be used with the Control key for some quick cursor movements.
Alone, Page Up or Page Down will move the cursor one screen in either direction.
But… add the Control key to either one and you’ll be moved to the beginning of either the previous or next page in the document. (Control has you move by pages not screens.)
Now let’s talk about highlighting text using the keyboard.
The Shift key is just the thing you’re looking for in this case. By using the Shift key + the arrows you will highlight text in whatever direction you’ve chosen.
I know what you’re thinking.
Can you use the Shift key with the Control key options discussed above?
The answer, of course, is yes!
To highlight one word at a time hold down both the Shift and the Control key then use the left or right arrows.
Need one paragraph at a time? Do the same. Hold down the Shift and Control key then use the up or down arrows.
(Basically, I found I could use the Shift key with any of the other combinations, except the Control + Page Up / Down.)
And there you have it.
You’re ready to navigate and highlight quicker than quick – no mouse required!