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Select and Edit Text

How to Select and Edit Text in Google Docs

Select and Edit Text

Before you get started creating documents, it's important to know how to select and edit text. The greatest advantage of using a word processor is how easy it is to edit text throughout a document.

Select a Block of Text

Selecting text is a very important skill in Docs. Whenever you want to edit or format text, you first need to select it. There are multiple ways to select text, letting you select a small amount to entire paragraphs at once.

  1. Click and drag across the text you want to select.

    You can select any amount of text from this method, from a single character to your entire document.


  1. Click at the beginning of a text block.
  2. Hold down the Shift key.
  3. Click at the end of a text block
  4. Select and Edit Text

Everything between the points you clicked is selected at once.

Select a Word

  1. Double-click a word to select it.
  2. Select and Edit Text

Select a Paragraph

  1. Triple-click in the left margin for the paragraph you want to select.
  2. Select and Edit Text

Select Everything

  1. Click Edit on the menu bar.
  2. Click Select all.
  3. Select and Edit Text

Edit Text

  1. Select the word you want to replace.
  2. Type a new word.
  3. Select and Edit Text