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Multiple Select Without a Shift

Friday, April 27th, 2007 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help

Multiple Select Without a Shift

Do you use MS Office drawing tools, WordArt, textboxes or graphics?

Ever find yourself struggling to select multiple items at once?

Maybe you know that holding down the Shift key while clicking on the desired items will select them all at once, but you just can’t seem to get it to work.

I’ve worked with many people who end up very frustrated with this process. For whatever reason, it’s difficult for them.

So, if you find you’re in that group of frustrated people, here’s a suggestion that just may help.

Unknown to many, there’s a little help in this area that’s associated with the Drawing toolbar.

What we’re looking for is the “Select Multiple Objects” button.

You’re probably not seeing this one yet, but we can easily fix that right now.

At the end of the drawing toolbar, there’s a down arrow.

Click it and choose Add or Remove buttons, Drawing submenu.

When the list of available buttons for the Drawing toolbar is displayed, choose Select Multiple Objects from the bottom of the list.

Once the button is displayed, you’re ready to go.

Click the button.

The Select Multiple Objects window will open with a list of available objects for selection in the file.

Make sure all the elements you want selected simultaneously are checked and then click OK.

Poof! When you’re returned to the file, the items checked on the list are all selected and you should find that you’re no longer frustrated, none whatsoever!

~ April

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