Frequently asked questions - Writer

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How do I do a multiple selection of text?

To copy, cut, format, or delete pieces of text at different places in a document:

  • for each individual selection, press Ctrl while clicking or dragging the mouse.

Another method exists, suitable for the “lazy” (those who don’t want to press Ctrl through 150 pages!):

  • click once on the Standard selection area in the status bar;
  • from the drop-down list choose one of the following:
    • Extending selection
    • Adding selection
    • Block selection

Note:

  • the Extending selection mode has the same function as ⇧ Shift+Click. It allows you to select the text between the first click and the one that follows the mode selection;
  • the Adding selection mode has the same function as Ctrl+Click. It allows you to perform a multiple selection in the text using the mouse; and
  • the Block selection mode has the same function as Alt+Click. It allows you to perform a rectangular selection of text.