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Edit > Select all doesn't work when the document starts with a table

This problem has been fixed since version 4.2.

For earlier versions when a document begins with a table, the Edit ▸ Select All command (or its Ctrl+A short cut) doesn't work as expected:

  • only the first cell of the table is selected instead of the whole document
  • the whole table is selected if you redo the command.

It's an old bug: tdf#37606

The workaround consists of inserting (temporarily) a paragraph before the table. The quickest way to do that is:

  1. put the cursor at the beginning of the document with Ctrl+Home;
  2. press ↵ Enter to insert a paragraph before the table.