The Best Ways to Select Text Vertically in MS Word

Vertical text selection is a great feature of all MS-Word versions for you. This technique can be used to select a list of different text written vertically.

The usefulness of Vertical Text Selection:

For example, if your document has a list of countries and Currencies, Countries and Capital, Dogs and Nicknames, States and Capitals, and so on and listed as given in the following picture.

Selecting only the leftmost column is a difficult process (when it is not manually splinted as columns). Hence, the “Alt + Click + Drag”  technique helps you select your vertical block of the text.

Steps:

Keep or type some text that you want to select vertically. In this example, I have given countries and currencies, as shown in the picture below. 

Move the mouse pointer over the text.

Then press and keep holding down the “Alt” key.

After that, also press and hold down the left mouse button, and then drag the mouse to the extent you want to select the text.

Vertical Text Selection in MS-Word
Vertical Text Selection in MS-Word

You can also select a paragraph vertically, as in the screenshot below.

How to select text vertically in MS-Word
Select Text Vertically in MS Word

The image on Vertical Text Selection in MS Word

Keep or type some text that you want to select vertically.

Move the mouse pointer over the text.

Then press and keep holding down the “Alt” key.

After that, also press and hold down the left mouse button, and then drag the mouse to the extent you want to select the text.

What is the Keyboard shortcut to select text vertically in MS Word?

Alt + Drag down on the text.

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