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    Control drag speed when crossing screen limits? (2000 SR1)

    When you select text and try to drag it up or down to a location in the document that is out of view from the area the text was selected from, as the cursor crosses the upper or lower edge of the document display the scroll speed becomes uncontrollable. I end up having to put the selected material on the clipboard, navigate to the eventual location, and then paste it. Is there any way to control this scroll speed?

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    Re: Control drag speed when crossing screen limits? (2000 SR1)

    Captain,

    <<Is there any way to control this scroll speed?>>

    Yes, trade in your new computer for a 286! <img src=/S/devil.gif border=0 alt=devil width=15 height=15>

    Seriously, this is a perennial gripe and you'd think MS could have added some code to control this in Word.
    In the absence of anything as desirable as a fix for this in Word, most people use one of the several workarounds for selecting large blocks of text - for example, using Shift+Up/DownArrow or Control+Shift+Up/DownArrow, or Click/use scroll bar to navigate to end of desired selection range/ShiftClick.

    Gary

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    Re: Control drag speed when crossing screen limits? (2000 SR1)

    I am aware of the incomplete work-arounds you suggest. I had hoped I had simply overlooked some easy solution. In fact, I made another tour of the MSKB before I posted this, to no avail.

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    Re: Control drag speed when crossing screen limits? (2000 SR1)

    Captain,

    I read your original post slightly different than Gary did.

    You have your text selected ok. Now you just have to position it. Although the clipboard is certainly a viable solution, you don't seem to want to use it.

    There is another thing you can do. This doesn't control the speed of the scrolling that you mentioned speeds up as you drag your selection across the upper or lower document boundary.

    Word has the ability to split the document window into 2 windows. On the very top of the vertical scroll bar above the upward scroll arrow is what looks like a bar. If you move your mouse onto this, it will change shape to an = with arrows going up and down. Drag this "split window" icon to the middle of the page somewhere. It will put a horizontal divider across the page.

    Now each sub-window is separately scrollable. So scroll/navigate to where you want to position the text in one sub-window. Select the text in the other sub-window. Drag it across the split-divider. Voila. Doesn't matter which sub-window is the one you're dragging from/to.

    If you didn't know about this feature, I'll bet your next question is - ok, I got my text moved, how do I get one document window back again. You can drag the divider (move your mouse to where the divider is between the 2 subdocuments) back to where it came from. I find it easier to just go to the Windows menu and click Remove Split. You can also create the split from this menu.

    HTH.

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    Re: Control drag speed when crossing screen limits? (2000 SR1)

    Gary was closer to the intended issue than you; I apologize for the confusion. I know about and routinely use split screens. Often the amount of text to be selected, however, exceeds the amount of visible area on the split screen. As soon as the cursor crosses the boundary, the problem recurs. I often end up moving a screen at a time; the Word 2k cumulative clipboard feature makes this less onerous than it used to be. However, it is still much more of a hassle than it need be, if only the scroll speed could be controlled.

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    Re: Control drag speed when crossing screen limits? (2000 SR1)

    Another solution is to select your text and then hit the F2 (Move Text) key you can then reposition your cursor to the desired location and the Enter key will complete the move.

    StuartR

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    Re: Control drag speed when crossing screen limits? (2000 SR1)

    I use the scroll button on my mouse to move the cursor through the text - seems to avoid the high speed trip you speak of.

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    Re: Control drag speed when crossing screen limits? (2000 SR1)

    You're on to the solution. I don't have a scroll button because I use a Kensington trackball, "Expert Mouse", with four buttons. The software allows for button combinations to activate the trackball as a mouse wheel. Previously I used a chord combination of the left and right front buttons to allow this. When I did so, since these were also the left and right click controls, activating the wheel function simultaneously dropped the selected text.
    I just tried reprogramming the trackball buttons so the rear chord (instead of the front pair) activated the mouse wheel function, retaining left and right clicks on the front buttons. To my pleasant surprise, doing so did not lose the text I had selected with the normal left button. PROBLEM SOLVED! Begin the text selection as usual, and while keeping the left button depressed, chord the rear two buttons to activate the mouse wheel. You can then scroll at leisure to wherever in the document, left click where you want the selection to end, and the selection stands selected (and the scroll wheel function ends) so you can manipulate the selected text at will. You can even reactivate the mouse wheel to control your speed traveling elsewhere in the document.
    Thanks again for the suggestions.

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    Re: Control drag speed when crossing screen limits? (2000 SR1)

    Hi CC:

    I know you solved the problem, but FYI, if you want to try an alternate method, you can press F8 & then use any method of scrolling that you want to select text, including Page Up/Down, etc.

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    Re: Control drag speed when crossing screen limits? (2000 SR1)

    Even better; I was unaware of this shortcut. I have now taken the trouble to make an on-line reference document of all 32 pages of Word keyboard shortcuts, for easy future reference. Thanks for your post.

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