Do you find yourself to work with many documents daily? Then brace yourself, today I’m going to teach you how to speed up your work instantly! I don’t have any “magical” software to suggest you, I simply want to show you some keyboard shortcuts that will allow you to move rapidly between the words and select them without ever touching the mouse.

Believe me, even if at first it may seem nothing, it will help a lot during the daily workload on computer. If you don’t agree with me, then read this guide about how to select a text with keyboard that I’m about to write and try to put it into practice. I bet you will immediately notice the difference between working with a mouse and a keyboard and working only with the latter. It’s all another story!

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Let’s get this guide about how to select a text with keyboard started by finding out some shortcuts that work on most of the Windows’ programs. You simply need to learn them in order to boost the speed of your work with any kind of text editor.

  • Ctrl+A: selects the whole text of a document;
  • Shift+Left/Right Arrow: selects the previous/next character;
  • Ctrl+Shift+Right/Left Arrow: selects the next/previous word;
  • Shift+Up/Down Arrow: selects the previous/next row;
  • Shift+Ctrl+Up/Down Arrow: selects the next/previous paragraph;
  • Shift+End/Home: selects the text from where your cursor is to the end/start of the row;
  • Ctrl+Shift+End/Home: selects the from where your cursor is to the end/start of the document;
  • Ctrl+Shift+F8: selects a rectangle of text (only works in Microsoft Word).

If you want to move faster inside the document in order to reach the text to select, here are some keyboard shortcuts that work for mostly any kind of text editor for Windows:

  • Home: moves the cursor at the start of the row;
  • End: moves the cursor and the end of the row;
  • Ctrl+Home: moves the cursor at the start of the document;
  • Ctrl+End: moves the cursor at the end of the document;

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Are you using a Mac? No problems. There are some useful shortcuts to select a text with keyboard even for the operative system made in Apple. Let’s get started with the combinations of buttons that allow you to select a text and work on most of the apps for OS X:

  • Cmd+A: selects the whole text of a document;
  • Shift+Left/Right Arrow: selects the previous/next character;
  • Alt+Shift+Right/Left Arrow: selects the next/previous word;
  • Shift+Up/Down Arrow: selects the previous/next row;
  • Shift+Alt+Up/Down Arrow: selects the next/previous paragraph;
  • Cmd+Shift+Right/Left Arrow: selects the text from where your cursor is to the end/start of the row;
  • Cmd+Shift+Up/Down Arrow: selects the from where your cursor is to the start/end of the document;

Let’s now talk about those shortcuts that allow you to quickly navigate through the text. They also work on most of the programs:

  • Cmd+Left Arrow: moves the cursor at the start of the row;
  • Cmd+ Right Arrow: moves the cursor and the end of the row;
  • Ctrl+ Up Arrow: moves the cursor at the start of the document;
  • Ctrl+ Down Arrow: moves the cursor at the end of the document;