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Select Text and Objects

Release Date: 03-18-12

In Kingsoft Writer, you can select text using the mouse, keyboard, or a combination of the two. However, if you select an object you can only use the mouse.

Select Text

The method for selecting text varies depending on the amount of text being selected. The methods are as follows:

  • To select a word: double click using the mouse on the word you wish to select.
  • To select a line: place the cursor to the left of the text, when the pointer changes to an arrowhead click the mouse button.
  • To select several lines: place the cursor to the left of the text, click and drag the cursor to the end of the last line you wish to select, and then release the mouse.
  • To select a paragraph: double click to the left of the text that you want to select.
  • To select any size of text: place the cursor at the beginning, and click and drag the cursor to the end of the desired passage, then release the mouse button.

When you wish to select the entire text either press <Ctrl+A> or go to the Editing section of the Home tab and choose All Select in the Select tab. Furthermore, when the cursor is at the beginning or the end of the desired passage, press <shift+ctrl+end> or <shift+ctrl+home> and you can select all the text.

If you wish to cancel selecting choose any one of the following options:

  • Press Esc on the keyboard.
  • Click using the mouse in any location within the file.
  • Move the cursor using the keyboard.

Below is a table outlining the keyboard-based methods for selecting text:

Keyboard Control
Shift + ↑ Select a row above
Shift + ↓ Select a row below
Shift + ← Select a character to the left
Shift + → Select a character to the right
Ctrl + Shift + ← Select everything up to the end of the last word or sentence
Ctrl + Shift + → Select everything up to the end of the next word or sentence
Ctrl + Shift + ↑ Select everything up to the beginning of the paragraph
Ctrl + Shift + ↓ Select everything up to the end of the paragraph
Shift + Home Select everything up to the beginning of the line
Shift + End Select everything up to the end of line
Shift + PgUp Select everything up to the last screen
Shift + PgDn Select everything up to the next screen
Ctrl + Shift + Home Select everything up to the beginning of the file
Ctrl + Shift + End Select everything up to the end of the file
Ctrl + A Select the entire file

Table 1.21 Table explaining the keyboard instructions for text selection

Select an Object

There are numerous different methods to select an object. The difference between editing and selecting is that the former has the cursor flashing on the screen, suggesting that the character can be entered at the cursor. While the latter has no cursor, the replacement for the selected object will appear at the zoom point. This is shown in figure 1.2-3.

select and edit object

Figure 1.2—3 Select and edit an object (text)

To select an object simply:

  • Click the object that you want to select.
  • If you want to select several objects, hold Shift and click on every object you wish to select.
  • If you want to cancel the selection of an object you can;
    1. Press Esc
    2. Use the mouse to click outside the selected area
    3. When several objects are selected, you can cancel the selection of some of them by holding the Shift key and clicking on those objects you wish to de-select.