#317 Make Vertical Selections in Word

If you use Microsoft Word much at all, I’ll bet you’ve probably had an occasion when you wanted to delete the beginning of each line in a list.  I use this a lot when copying  & pasting lists from somewhere else.  For example, copying from websites sometimes result in ‘funky’ characters appearing at the beginning list items like the boxes in the list below.


How would you remove the boxes at the beginning of each of these items? Did you know you can make quick work of this job by selecting text vertically?

All you have to do is hold down the ALT key while you click and drag your mouse.  See it in action below and how it differs from the normal way to select text.


Can you think of a time this would have been useful?


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