Check Out These 7 Ways to Select All in Google Docs (Windows or Mac)

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated March 26, 2022

Applies to: Google Docs® (Windows or Mac)

You can select all in a Google Docs file using the application menu, by right-clicking and using the context menu or by using keyboard shortcuts. You can select all text in a document, select from the cursor to the end or the beginning of the document, select all matching text with similar formatting or select all cells in a table.

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First, you will need to log in to your Google Drive account at drive.google.com and then open a Google Docs file.

In this article, many Windows keyboard shortcuts include Ctrl while Mac keyboard shortcuts include Command (⌘). However, in Google Docs, there are also some Mac shortcuts that use Ctrl. For example, Ctrl + Option + E activates the Edit menu.

1. Select all using a keyboard shortcut

To select all using a keyboard shortcut, click in the document and then press Ctrl + A (Windows) or ⌘ + A (Mac) to select the entire document. The entire document will be highlighted (not including headers and footers unless sections have been added in the document).

2. Select all using the Edit menu

To select all using the Google Docs Edit menu:

  1. Click in the document.
  2. Click Edit in the menu. A drop-down menu appears.
  3. Click Select all.

Select All appears in the Edit menu in Google Docs:

Select all in Edit menu in Google Docs.

3. Select all by Shift-clicking

To select all by Shift-clicking, click at the beginning of the document, scroll down and Shift-click at the end of the document.

4. Select all matching text with similar formatting

To select all matching text with similar formatting:

  1. Select the text with the desired formatting.
  2. Right-click the selected text. A drop-down menu appears. For Mac users with a one button mouse, press ⌘ + Shift + \ or Shift + F10 to display the context menu.
  3. Click Select all matching text.

All text with the same formatting will be selected and you can clear the formatting or apply other formatting.

Select all matching text appears in context menu in Google Docs:

Select all matching text in context menu in Google Docs.

5. Select all from the cursor to the end of the document

To select all from the cursor to the end of the document using a keyboard shortcut, position the cursor where you want to start the selection and then press Ctrl + Shift + End (Windows).

6. Select all from the cursor to the beginning of the document

To select all 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 (Windows).

7. Select all cells in a table

To select all cells in a table, click in the first cell and Shift + click in the last cell.

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