How to Select Nonadjacent Blocks of Text in Microsoft Word

By Lily Medina

Normally, if you select one block of text and then select a separate block of text, Word will automatically deselect the first block. However, Word also offers a method for selecting nonadjacent blocks of text simultaneously. This feature lets you control what is selected at the same time, even if multiple sections come from multiple separate areas in a document. Selecting nonadjacent blocks can help you save time, for example, when copying and pasting multiple parts of a document; you only need to execute the copy-and-paste maneuver once.

Step 1

Select the first block of text by clicking and dragging. Or, click at the beginning of the block, then press and hold "Shift" on your keyboard, click at the end of the block and then release the "Shift" key.

Step 2

Press and hold the "Ctrl" key on your keyboard.

Step 3

Select the second block of text. This time, you can't use the click, "Shift," click method. Instead, click at the beginning of the block, drag the cursor to the end of the block and then release the mouse button. Or, to select a large block, click in the left margin next to the first line of text in the block you want to select; holding down the mouse button, drag the cursor downward until you reach the end of the block. Continue holding down the "Ctrl" key while you select this second block of text.

Step 4

Release the "Ctrl" button.