Select a Cell, Row, Column and entire Table
Release Date: 03-19-12
Select a Cell
Move the cursor to the left of the cell, when it transforms into an arrow pointing up and right, you can select the cell.
Figure 2.3—2 Select a cell
Selecting Continuous Cells: Either hold down the left mouse button and drag it over the desired cells, or select the first cell you want to select, then hold the Shift key, and click the last cell that you want.
Selecting Noncontinuous Cells: Select the first cell that you want, then hold the Ctrl key, and individually click every other cell that you need.
Select a row
Move the cursor to the left of the line, click when it becomes an arrow pointing up and right. This will select the row:
Figure 2.3—3 Select a row
Select a column
Move the cursor to the top of the line, click when it becomes a black arrow pointing downwards. This will select the column:
Figure 2.3—4 Select a column
Selecting several noncontinuous rows or columns: select a row or column, hold the Ctrl key, and then select any further rows or columns that you would like.
Selecting several continuous rows or columns: select the first row or column, hold the Shift key, then select the last row or column that you need.
Select an entire table
There are three ways to select an entire table:
Using the select all icon: place the insertion point anywhere in the table, the Select All icon will appear in the top left corner of the table, simply click this icon to select the entire table.
Using the shortcut key: place the insertion point anywhere in the table, press <Ctrl+A> key to select the entire table.
Right clicking: place the cursor within the table, right click to open the shortcut menu and choose Select Table. This will select the entire table:
Figure 2.3—5 A selected table
Select a part of the table area with dashed borders
The steps are as follows:
(1) In the Tables section of the Table Tools tab, click Select table with dashed borders in the Select drop-down list, or drag the right key to start this function automatically.
(2) Drag the intersection of the dashed border and the table to form a table from part or all of that region. The intersection of the dashed border and the table will be highlighted, release the mouse button to select this region.If you have nested tables in the selected area they will also be selected. As shown below:
Figure 2.3—6 Drag the dashed borders to choose table
With any selected cell, row, column or table, you can click anywhere outside of the table to cancel the selection.
In addition, the functions of selecting a cell, row, column, table etc can be accomplished through the Select command under the Table Tools tab. The steps are as follows:
(1) Move the insertion point to the cell within the table, choose Table Tools tab.
(2) In the Table Tools tab, in the Select drop-down list, you can choose Select Cell, Select Column, Select Row, Select Table, or Select table with dashed borders based on your requirements.
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