Weird Word tip

By J. Carlton Collins, CPA

You can select a specific rectangular block of text in Word by pressing the Alt key, dragging an area with your mouse cursor on your Word document, and then copying and pasting the results. For example, the gray area (pictured at below to the left) was highlighted, copied, and then pasted to a blank area of the Word document, as shown below to the right.

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At first glance, this tip may seem fairly innocuous, but it may be helpful in certain situations—for example, when you want to copy and paste a portion of an outline without including the bullet numbers.

J. Carlton Collins (carlton@asaresearch.com) is a technology consultant, a CPE instructor, and a JofA contributing editor.

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