Q: When I’m in Word or Excel
and want to highlight a page or two with my mouse, everything goes so fast.
I’ve suddenly highlighted much more than I want and then I go up a
little and it goes too fast again. I
can’t seem to get control of this. How
do I slow things down?
Believe me, I have done this before: highlighting
with the mouse, up and down, up and down, losing the beginning and the end,
forgetting what I was doing in the first place.
I don’t know why it works this way, but I do know how to shift gears
and gain control again:
go of the mouse.
a deep breath (very important)
down the Shift key and use the arrow keys to highlight your selection.
You have complete control this way.
You can go up or down and side to side to highlight exactly what
are some other very useful keyboard combinations that may help take some of
the stress out of computing. They
work in most Microsoft products and many other products as well.
Remember, the Ctrl and Alt keys work just like the Shift key – hold
down the Ctrl, Alt or Shift and then touch the second key.
the entire document
the selected text or object
the selected text or object
text or object
the last action
up the “Find” dialogue box
to the beginning of the document
to the end of the document
a dialogue box to the Clip Board ready to paste
between all caps, capital first letters only, and no caps on
selected text (only seems to work in Word).
up the Start menu and the task bar
If you really like
using the keyboard, here’s some more keyboard tips.
Ever notice that the menu bar has one letter underlined?
Well, it you hold down Alt and touch that letter, that menu will come
up. Notice that the menu actually
lists keyboard shortcuts that can be used for a particular menu item.
If you find yourself using a menu item over and over again, try using
the keyboard shortcut.
The menu items
also have one letter underlined. If
you touch that letter when the menu is open, that item will be executed just
as if you clicked on it. Or, you
can use the arrow keys to move through the items and touch Enter to execute
the one you want.
one more. You do have to use the
mouse for this, but it’s still very useful when you want to copy a vertical
portion of a document – say the right side or left side.
Hold down the Alt key and use the mouse.
This will allow you to highlight a vertical section of the screen.
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