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Selecting the Entire Document in Word for Windows


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 1.0, 1.1, 1.1a, 2.0, 2.0a, 2.0a-CD, 2.0b, 2.0c, 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0c


To select the entire document in Word for Windows, use one of the following methods:

  1. Press CTRL+Keypad 5, or from the Edit menu of Word for Windows versions 2.0 and later, choose Select All.
  2. Press CTRL+HOME and then CTRL+SHIFT+END, using the HOME and END keys on the numeric keypad.
  3. Press CTRL+END and then CTRL+SHIFT+HOME, using the HOME and END keys on the numeric keypad.

These methods do not work on computers without a numeric keypad (such as laptops).

  1. Position the mouse pointer just to the left of the text in the Selection Bar (the mouse cursor should point to the right), then hold down the CTRL key and press the left mouse button.
  2. Press the Extend Selection key (F8) repeatedly until the whole document is selected.
  3. Add the EditSelectAll macro to a menu or a key. Use the Macro Assign to Key or Assign to Menu commands as described on pages 172 and 195 of the "Microsoft Word for Windows User's Reference." This applies to Word for Windows version 1.x only. The Select All option is available from the Edit menu of Word for Windows version 2.0.


Selecting the entire document is necessary when a formatting change needs to be made to the entire document. For example, to change the font used throughout a document, the entire document needs to be selected prior to changing the font. Word for Windows works on a select and format principle (that is, formatting is applied to whatever text is selected).

Additional query words: 1.x 2.0 word6 winword 6.0 winword2

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Last Reviewed: November 4, 2000
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