Check Out These Shortcuts to Select All in Microsoft Word Documents

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated May 17, 2021

Applies to: Microsoft® Word® 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 or 365 (Windows)

In Microsoft Word documents, you can select all using several shortcuts. You can select all text in a document, select from the cursor to the end or the beginning of the document, and select all text with similar formatting.

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1. Select an entire document

To select all using a keyboard shortcut, click in the document and then press Ctrl + A to select the entire document.

To select all using the Ribbon:

  1. Click in the document.
  2. Click the Home tab in the Ribbon.
  3. In the Editing group, click Select. A drop-down menu appears.
  4. Click Select All.

2. Select from the cursor to the end or beginning of the document

To select 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.

To 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.

3. Select all cells in a table

To select all cells in a table, click in the table, press Alt and then double-click. You can also click the four-arrow pointer on the top left of the table.

4. Select all text with similar formatting

To select all text with similar formatting:

  1. Select the text with the desired formatting.
  2. Click the Home tab in the Ribbon.
  3. In the Editing group, click Select. A drop-down menu appears.
  4. Click Select All Text with Similar Formatting.

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

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