Tuesday, March 15, 2011

How to select text Vertically in Word 2007

How to select text Vertically in Word 2007?

        Almost everybody who writes their documents in Microsoft Word knows how to select the text horizontally. You have to select the text horizontally in order to delete, underline, italicize etc.  But many times you face a situation in which you have to select the text vertically. For example you might have to delete the first few words in every line in a list in order to delete it. You need to do that as you reformat a Word document. Many people think that it is not possible to select text vertically in Word 2007 document. It is very easy to select text vertically in Word 2007. You just need to do this trick in order to make the vertical selection:

        Point the mouse to the beginning of the text you want to select.

        Hold down the Alt key.

        Drag the mouse pointer downwards around the required area while still holding down the Alt key.

        The text will be selected vertically.

 After you select text vertically in Word 2007, you can make it bold, underline, italicize, delete, cut or copy it. You can also paste it anywhere else in the document if you want.


This feature which allows you to select text vertically in Word 2007 is very useful while working with lists. I have deleted the first word from every item on the list by holding down the Alt key and selecting vertically. However, a vertical selection can be useful in any other sort of document as well.

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