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Vertical Selection in Word

Vertical Selection in Word

Ever need to select a “weird” portion of an MS Word document? I’m talking about a selection that doesn’t follow the usual line by line highlighting the program implements by default.

Maybe you’re looking to copy a vertical column of information from the center of your document, which is a difficult prospect with the usual methods. You could highlight and copy/paste each item on the list individually, but that could take a very long time.

Looking for a way to highlight and copy/paste the list in one move, without taking extra text with you?

Yep, I agree. It could be a handy skill to have. You just never know when it might save the day! So, let’s take a look at the “how to,” shall we? Oh, and by the way, this one works the same for Word 2007 as well.

First, let’s take care of all you mouse lovers out there.

Now, while that’s good for the mouse lovers of the group, what about those of you who prefer to use the keyboard as much as possible? Well, I’m happy to report that there is a solution right at your fingertips. Literally!

Next question: If you need to start over or cancel this feature, how do you turn it off?

Well, you simply hit the Esc key. That will cancel the function and you’re free to continue as normal!

~ April