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Easier Table Column Selection in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is a behemoth of formatting options only fully understood by a select few… for the rest of us it’s just plain confusing and often frustrating to deal with. I noticed a neat trick for selecting columns and felt the need to share it with everybody else.

First you’ll need a document with a table, of course. This tip is most useful if you’ve got a really huge table that spans multiple pages. Instead of scrolling all the way to the top, you can just:

Hold down the Shift key, and then use the Right mouse button anywhere within the column.

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Instant column selection!

Hopefully this helps somebody else navigate the dark waters of Office.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/13/08

Comments (2)

  1. Richard Abelson

    I agreee.

  2. BFM

    OK What does “first you need a document with a table” mean.

    I’m looking at an empty word page I want to make columns, how do I do this? what is a document with a table mean. I could use excel for that. How to I put columns on a plain word sheet.

    Thanks

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