Coly Computer Help



SELECTING




To select the entire contents of a document or folder: Click the first file in the folder, (no need to click anything in an open document), then hold down the Ctrl key and tap the A key (A stands for All).

To select a block of files or folders click the first file or folder, then hold down the Shift key and click the last file or folder. Release the Shift key.

To select some items but not others: Hold down the Ctrl key and click all the items you wish to select. If you accidentally click the wrong file, hold down Ctrl and click it again to de-select it.

Another method: The picture below shows a block of emails selected except for 3. The block was selected, then the 3 to be retained were de-selected by clicking them whilst holding down the Ctrl key. Using the delete key would delete only the selected items in blue.

Selectively delete emails

Selection runs wildly down the page: When selecting a block of text (or several spreadsheet cells), the selection may run wild and rush to the bottom of the page. To select a block of text (or spreadsheet cells) without running wild, click at the beginning of the block, then while holding down the Shift key move down the page by tapping the Down-arrow key. To see just how precise that selection can be, click the beginning of a block, then, while holding down the Shift key, try tapping each of the four Arrow keys, and the End and Home keys.

Select a line of text: click about 5mm to the left of the line of text.

Select a paragraph: click about 5mm to the left of the first line of the paragraph. Hold down the left mouse button and drag down to the last line of the paragraph.

Another way of selecting a paragraph: click the first letter in the paragraph and holding down the left mouse button zip diagonally down to the last letter in the paragraph.

Select a word or words in the middle of a paragraph: Click just before the first letter of the first word, then hold down the Shift key and tap along to the right with the right-arrow key.

 

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