Selecting text is a fundamental Word task. Fortunately, there are many selection techniques for selecting just the text you need. Working in tabular formatted text presents a unique problem though as most selection techniques work with units, such as words, paragraphs, and so on. You might think it's difficult to select a rectangular block of text but it isn't, if you know the right selection method.
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Be careful when using either method because Word will do whatever you tell it to do - format, delete, and so on - to the selected text, sometimes with unexpected results. The following figure shows the result of changing a block into the bold format. Compensating for the bold font, forces text to wrap to the next line and the results probably aren't what you want. This is an extreme example though, so don't let that keep you from trying these selection methods for those hard-to-select tabular and columnar data.
Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.