Select text

Do one of the following:

Description Action
Select characters within a word. Drag to select the characters.

If Microsoft PowerPoint will only select the whole word, do this: On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Edit tab. Clear the When selecting, automatically select entire word check box. Then, drag to select the characters you want.

Select a word. Double-click the word.
Select a single line or a portion of a paragraph, but not the entire paragraph. Drag to select the text.

Be sure to select only the text that you want to change. If you select an entire paragraph, the changes that you make affect all of the text in that paragraph.

When you drag to select a line of text, if your pointer drops slightly below the current line, the line below will also be selected. To undo the unwanted selection, move the pointer back up while still dragging.

Select a paragraph and all of its subordinate text. Triple-click anywhere in the paragraph. On the Outline tab in normal view, point to a slide icon Slide icon image or bullet and then, when the four-headed arrow appears, click. (This also works for text in selected placeholders (placeholders: Boxes with dotted or hatch-marked borders that are part of most slide layouts. These boxes hold title and body text or objects such as charts, tables, and pictures.) on the slide.)
Select all text on a slide. On the Outline tab in normal view, click the slide icon , and when the four-headed arrow appears, click.
Select the text in a placeholder, AutoShape (AutoShapes: A group of ready-made shapes that includes basic shapes, such as rectangles and circles, plus a variety of lines and connectors, block arrows, flowchart symbols, stars and banners, and callouts.), or text box (text box: A movable, resizable container for text or graphics. Use text boxes to position several blocks of text on a page or to give text a different orientation from other text in the document.). Place the insertion point in the object, and then press CTRL+A.
Select text in all placeholders in the presentation. Place the insertion point on the Outline tab, and then press CTRL+A.
Applies to:
PowerPoint 2003