Word selects preceding word or punctuation

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Symptoms
If the "When selecting, automatically select entire word" option is turnedon and you select the first word in a sentence, Word may select the period(or other end-of-sentence punctuation such as a question mark) at the endof the previous sentence.

Similarly, when you select the second of two words, sometimes Word selectsthe first word as well.
Cause
You selected two or more spaces to the left of your selected word.

Word defines any spaces before the first space to the left of a wordas part of the preceding word. Word defines the end-of-sentence punctuationas a separate word. When there are two or more spaces between two words andyou select more than the space to the left of the word, Word automaticallyselects the first word (or the end-of-sentence punctuation), too.

For example, in the sentence below, Word selects ". This " if you selectboth spaces preceding "This", whereas Word only selects " This " if youselect only one space preceding "This".
This is a sentence. This is another sentence.
NOTE: There are two spaces between the two sentences. Word defines theperiod as a separate word, so when you select its trailing space, Wordselects the period as well.

As another example, if you select more than the first space to the left of"Apple" in the sentence below, Word selects "Fruit" as well.
   Fruit    Apple				
NOTE: There are four spaces between "Fruit" and "Apple".
Workaround
To work around this problem, use one of the following methods.

Method 1

To select text using the mouse when the "When selecting, automaticallyselect entire word" option is turned on, do not select the space before thefirst word in a sentence.

Method 2

Select the text using the keyboard instead of the mouse.

Method 3

Turn off the "When selecting, automatically select entire word" option,follow these steps:
  1. On the Tools menu, click Options (Windows) or Preferences (Macintosh).
  2. Click the Edit tab and then click to clear the "When selecting, automatically select entire word" check box.
  3. Click OK.
More information
The "When selecting, automatically select entire word" option selects thespace following any word you select. When there are two or more spacesbetween sentences and you select two or more of those spaces, Word definesthose spaces as part of the preceding word, so it selects that word aswell.

When you select the "When selecting, automatically select entire word" option, you can expect Word to select entire words as you select multiple words in a sentence. For example, if you click and hold the mouse button at the end of the sentence and then slowly select the text backward in the sentence, Word selects whole words at a time as you move the mouse. If you do not have the "When selecting, automatically select entire word" option selected, Word will select single letters at a time as you move the mouse.

For more information about this issue in earlier versions of Microsoft Word, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
105706 Word selects preceding word or punctuation
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Article ID: 176913 - Last Review: 01/12/2015 15:58:28 - Revision: 3.0

Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition, Microsoft Word 98 for Macintosh

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