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    Using ALT key to select a block (Word 2000 )

    OK it's not something I do a lot. However, in all previous versions of Word I have found the block select really useful. Alas I recently tried it in Windows 2000 and nothing! <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>. I hold down ALT and then select with mouse or arrow keys. The help menu indicates that I should be able to do this. Does anyone know what is going on?
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    Re: Using ALT key to select a block (Word 2000 )

    Unless I misunderstand, it's not the ALT key, but the SHIFT key. Otherwise, could you explain WHERE in the help file it says you should be able to do this?

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    Re: Using ALT key to select a block (Word 2000 )

    No, actually it is the ALT key, and if you hold this down while you click at the top left of a block of text and drag to the bottom right, it will highlight the rectangle encompassed by the two points, not just all the text on the lines between start and end. Very useful for highlighting a tabbed column and moving/removing it without affecting the columns either side.

    However, I am worried to hear it's not in W2k - I shall be checking this as soon as I get home tonight (we use W97 here)!
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    Re: Using ALT key to select a block (Word 2000 )

    It most assuredly is in Word 2000. I just used it a minute ago. What ticks me off is that it doesn't work in the VBA editor. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

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    Re: Using ALT key to select a block (Word 2000 )

    <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> Now you've got me <img src=/S/question.gif border=0 alt=question width=15 height=15> What could you possibly do in the VBA editor that this function would be useful for?? Taking part of several lines of text and pasting them there would cause all sorts of errors!
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    Re: Using ALT key to select a block (Word 2000 )

    Hi gunnbc,

    If holding <Alt> doesn't work then perhaps another application is reassigning it. You can try using the keyboard command for vertical text selection and see if that works for you:

    - Click to anchor your starting point
    - Press <Ctrl Shift F8>
    - Either click at the end of your vertical selection or click hold and drag
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    Re: Using ALT key to select a block (Word 2000 )

    I have always used ctrl+alt while dragging. This works in XP, too.
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    Re: Using ALT key to select a block (Word 2000 )

    NO the ALT key is the one, and it works exactly as Beryl mentions. Quite a handy little highlighting feature that is documented in Word in Help, look for the topic: Select text and graphics by using the mouse.

    There you will find at the bottom:
    A vertical block of text (except within a table cell)
    Hold down ALT, and then drag over the text.

    Works Great!

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    Re: Using ALT key to select a block (Word 2000 )

    How about:

    Selecting a list of Properties or variables in your code without highlighting their values, in order to copy and paste the list somewhere else, then type in the values you want to set or assign.

    Selecting blocks of code skipping the comments, depending on how the code has been layed out.

    FWIW

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    Re: Using ALT key to select a block (Word 2000 )

    Hi
    It is indeed the Alt key. I meant the vertical block select (I also said Windows 2000 instead of Word 2000 - - oops). Its a wee gem when you want to select just a rectangle anywhere on the page and you can apply special formatting etc. However, mine doesn't work and I'm trying to track it down. The help file for Word 2000 definitely says I should be able to do this.
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    Re: Using ALT key to select a block (Word 2000 )

    Does the Alt block select functionality not work with either Alt key?
    If it works with one and not the other, consider keyboard replacement.

    Good luck
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    Re: Using ALT key to select a block (Word 2000 )

    Hi Bob_D
    Neither ALT key works for this feature. I ran through and printed out all the possible key assignments in Word and other programs but I cannot find any that would be using the ALT key (plus mouse or direction arrow) exclusively. All the other ALT + features are working as far as I've tried so this is a bit of a mystery.
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    Re: Using ALT key to select a block (Word 2000 )

    Sometimes I grab a chunk of code out of the quoted section of a newsgroup post, and it has > signs all down the left margin. My newsreader doesn't support block select, so the code still has that garbage when I paste it into the VBA editor. Instant mass syntax error! <img src=/S/razz.gif border=0 alt=razz width=25 height=17>

    It's fairly easy to get rid of the junk with F&R, but block select would be quicker and easier.

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    Re: Using ALT key to select a block (Word 2000 )

    Thanks for your suggestion. Ctrl + Shift + F8 definitely locks the cursor bar (i.e. it stops blinking) but using the mouse or arrow keys in every which way only gives the usual highlighted block and not the rectangle I wanted. I tried the other 4 PCs in the office and the Alt select works on them all. Something must have been changed on mine or some program is interfering. I will just have to try and track it down <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15>. Where to begin though?
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    Re: Using ALT key to select a block (Word 2000 )

    Hi Brian,

    Well, at least we've narrowed it down to a problem with the Column Select command instead of your <Alt> key. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    If you start Word using the /a switch can you select a column/vertical block of text?
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