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WD97: Mouse Click Selects Multiple Cells in Embedded Spreadsheet

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In Microsoft Word, when you click a cell in an embedded Microsoft Excelspreadsheet, multiple cells are selected. Repeatedly clicking in othercells continues to select cells instead of clearing the current selection.

This action is similar to holding down the SHIFT key while you click in adifferent section of the spreadsheet.

Other symptoms include loss of characters and characters changing betweenuppercase and lowercase.
The possible causes for this problem include the following:
  • The SHIFT key is stuck in the down position.

  • The extend selection mode is turned on.

  • All Caps formatting is turned on.
To work around this problem, use the appropriate method for your situation.

Method 1: Stuck SHIFT Key

Check to see if either SHIFT key is stuck in the down position on yourkeyboard.

Method 2: Turn Off Extend Mode

If EXT appears bold in your status bar, press ESC on your keyboard and thenclick somewhere in your document to deselect any selection.

Method 3: Turn Off All Caps Formatting

To turn off All Caps formatting, follow these steps:
  1. Select any words that are in all capital letters.
  2. On the Format menu, click Font.
  3. Check to clear the All Caps check box.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft productslisted at the beginning of this article.
The following table lists ways you can extend a selection.
   To do this                             Press this key   ------------------------------------------------------------------------   Turn extend mode on                    F8   Select the nearest character           F8, and then press the LEFT ARROW                                          key or the RIGHT ARROW key   Increase the size of a selection       F8 (press once to select a                                          word, twice to select a sentence,                                          and so forth)   Reduce the size of a selection         SHIFT+F8   Turn extend mode off                   ESC				
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