How to select items that are not next to each other

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By using the mouse and the keyboard, you can select text and graphics, including items that are not next to each other (non-contiguous) in Microsoft Word. For example, you can select a paragraph on page one and a sentence on page three.

Note This is a new feature in Word. You cannot select multiple selections of text in earlier versions of Word.


To select items that are not next to each other, follow these steps:
  1. Select the first item that you want. For example, select some text.
  2. Press and hold CTRL.
  3. Select the next item that you want.

    Important Be sure to press and hold CTRL while you select the next item that you want to include in the selection.


For more information about a known problem that occurs when you use the keyboard to select text, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
275969 Cannot select non-contiguous text with the keyboard


Article ID: 286789 - Last Review: January 29, 2007 - Revision: 2.1
  • Microsoft Office Word 2003
  • Microsoft Word 2002 Standard Edition
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