Engage the Option: Click Inside a Word to Select the Entire Word


When I used Word 2003, I could italicize a whole word by putting the cursor anywhere in the word and then pressing Ctrl+I. But when I do that in Word 2007, nothing happens. What’s up?

Word 2007 can do it, but you have to tell it to. Here’s how: Click on Button and Word Options. Then click on Advanced and place a check next to When selecting, automatically select entire word.

You may not realize it, but Word 2003 has the same limitation: It won’t format the entire word unless you tell it. If it’s not working for you, fix it by going to Tools, Options…, Edit and placing a check next to When selecting, automatically select entire word.

Tip: If you want to automatically select the entire sentence, place your mouse icon anywhere in the sentence, hold down the Ctrl key and left-click.


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