Quickly Select Text in Google Docs Using a Mouse or Keyboard Shortcuts

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated September 26, 2020

Applies to: Google Docs® (Windows)

In Google Docs, you can save lots of time if you can quickly select characters, words, lines, paragraphs and blocks of text in your documents. You can use keyboard shortcuts or mouse shortcuts to select or highlight text. Keep in mind that a paragraph is anything with a hard return after it (you have pressed Return or Enter).

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1. Select an entire document

Click in the document and then press Ctrl + A to select the entire document.

2. Select a word

Double-click a word.

3. Select a paragraph

Triple-click in a paragraph.

4. Select a character to the right or left

Position the cursor where you want to start the selection and press Shift + right arrow or left arrow.

5. Select from the cursor to the end of the line

Position the cursor where you want to start the selection and press Shift + End to select from the cursor to the end of the line.

6. Select from the cursor to the beginning of the line

Position the cursor where you want to start the selection and press Shift + Home to select from the cursor to the beginning of the line.

7. Select from the cursor to the end of the document

Position the cursor where you want to start the selection and then press Ctrl + Shift + End to select to the end of the document.

8. Select from the cursor to the beginning of the document

Position the cursor where you want to start the selection and then press Ctrl + Shift + Home to select to the beginning of the document.

9. Select by word using arrow keys

Position the cursor where you want to start the selection and then press Ctrl + Shift + right arrow or Ctrl + Shift + left arrow.

9. Select by line using arrow keys

Position the cursor where you want to start the selection and then press Shift + down arrow or Shift + up arrow.

10. Select by paragraph using arrow keys

Position the cursor where you want to start the selection and then press Ctrl + Shift + down arrow or Ctrl + Shift + up arrow.

11. Select blocks of text by Shift-clicking

Position the cursor where you want to start the selection and then move or scroll to the location where you want to end the selection Shift-click.

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In Google Docs, you can save lots of time if you can quickly select characters, words, lines, paragraphs and blocks of text in your documents. You can use keyboard shortcuts or mouse shortcuts to select or highlight text. Keep in mind that a paragraph is anything with a hard return after it (you have pressed Return or Enter).
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