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Selecting a Word

If you are editing the contents of a cell that contains text, there may be times when you want to select a single word in the cell. Excel provides a simple two-step process to select an entire word:

  1. Select the cell you want to edit.
  2. Using the mouse pointer, point in the formula bar to the word you want to select.
  3. Double-click on the mouse.

If you want to select additional words, hold down the mouse button after the second click and drag the mouse. Excel will add one word at a time to your selection. Once your selection is made, you are able to do any other editing function on that word.

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Thomas Papavasiliou    06 Apr 2013, 14:36
An addition to this tip is as follows:
Once a single word selected by double click, keeping the mouse button held down, if you move the pointer down you select to the right end and if you move the pointer up you select the left end of the cell
Susan    30 Mar 2013, 04:59
Awesome. I never knew that!

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