These keyboard shortcuts can increase both the speed and the accuracy of selecting text to cut, copy, or style. They are especially good when precision is required, or when a very large chunk is concerned. These methods work in Word as well as in most other software. Windows equivalents are provided following the Mac instructions.:
- Hold shift while you arrow across, up or down. Hold the arrow key down to advance rapidly. (shift + arrow)
- Click at the start of what you want to select, then use the slider bar at the side of the window to find the end point. Hold shift while you click at the end. (same)
- Hold shift and option while you use the right and left arrows to jump forward or back one word at a time. (shift + ctrl + right/left arrow)
- Hold shift and option keys while you use the up and down arrows to jump forward or back one paragraph at a time. (shift + ctrl + down/up arrow)
- Hold the shift and apple/command keys while you press the right arrow key to select all the way to the end of the line. (shift + arrow)
If you’re selecting material across several pages, change the zoom to a multi-page view to reduce how much you have to scroll.