Highlighting is the first step in many processes: deleting, overwriting (you don't have to actually delete what you've highlighted, you can simply begin to type and it will wipe out the highlighting in favor of your typing), moving or copying with the mouse or with cut/copy & paste, changing font or paragraph formatting, etc.
As always, I don't expect you to incorporate all of these into your daily computering... but try one or two to see if they will help you as much as they've helped me!
Using the MouseLet's first look at some shortcuts to highlighting using the mouse:
- Double-click = highlight a single word
- Triple-click = highlight a paragraph
- Ctrl+click = highlight one sentence
- Non-adjacent (not together) items = CTRL+click, click, click, click, until you have highlighted all the items you want.
- Adjacent items (all in a row) = Highlight the first in the series, then hold down SHIFT and click on the last in the series. Your computer will highlight everything in between, including the two that you clicked on.
Using the KeyboardUsing the 'moving around' information from last week's post, you can add SHIFT as you navigate around using the keyboard, and your computer will highlight. For instance:
- SHIFT+RightArrow = highlight one character at a time to the right.
- SHIFT+DownArrow = highlight one line at a time, going down.
- SHIFT+PgDn = highlights everything on the screen.
- SHIFT+End = highlights everything from the cursor to the end of the line.
You can also add CTRL to the SHIFT+. For instance:
- SHIFT+CTRL+RightArrow = highlight one word at a time to the right.
- SHIFT+CTRL+DownArrow = highlight one paragraph at a time, going down.
- SHIFT+CTRL+PgDn = highlights everything on the page (not just the screen).
- SHIFT+CTRL+END= highlight where the cursor was to the end of the document.