Select Text

Select text using the mouse or trackpad

Drag across text to select it.

Double-click to select a word.

Triple-click to select a sentence (also selects a following footnote/endnote character, if present).

Quadruple-click to select a paragraph.

Select a column of text (rectangular selection)

1. Press .

2. Drag across the text to select it.

Select text from different places in the document (multipart selection)

1. Drag across the text to select it.

2. Press as you select each additional character or passage.10

What you can (and cannot) do with text of a multipart selection

Almost anything you can do with contiguously selected text you can do with a multipart selection.

When you copy text of a multipart selection, Nisus Writer Pro inserts newlines between the copied parts.

Certain commands and actions are disabled for practical reasons. (Which selection should the command affect: the most recent selection or the first selection, the selection closest to the top of the document, or closest to the bottom?)

Select all the text in your document

You can select all the text (including the images and tables) in your document

Choose the menu command: Edit > Select > Select All.

This, however, does not select the text in your headers/footers or footnotes/endnotes or comments. If your insertion point is in the comments, choosing Select All will select all the text in that comment; choose Select All a second time to select all the text in all the comments.

Select everything in your document

You can select all the text (including the images and tables) in all areas of your document (which includes also the text in the headers/footers as well as footnotes/endnotes)

Choose the menu command: Edit > Select > Select All Document.

This, however, does not select anything in the Comments, which (for this purpose) are not considered part of the main text of your document, but ancillary to it.

Select everything not selected

Suppose you have selected a certain series of words or characters. But, now you want to modify everything that is not that series of words:

Choose the menu command: Edit > Select > Invert Selection.

Invert the selection of a small area of text

If you have selected a certain series of words or characters that are part of a multipart selection that is in a small area of the document.

Keep pressed and drag across the area with the selection.

Select using the keyboard

You can use your keyboard to select various amounts of text.

Selecting text using the keyboard

To select forward…

one character

press…

⇧→

one word

⇧⌥→

one line (in Page View; when in Draft View this selects to the end of a paragraph)

⇧↓

to end of line

⇧⌘→

to end of document

⇧⌘↓

To select backward…

one character

press…

⇧→

one word

⇧⌥←

one line (in Page View; when in Draft View this selects to the end of a paragraph)

⇧↑

to beginning of line

⇧⌘←

to beginning of document

⇧⌘↑

To select…

the word in which the insertion point appears

choose the menu command: Nisus Writer Pro > Preferences > Menu Keys and assign any keyboard shortcut you like to the commands of the menu Edit > Select:

Select Word
Select Sentence
Select Paragraph
Invert Selection

the sentence in which the insertion point appears

the paragraph in which the insertion point appears

everything not currently selected

the entire document

press…

a

text in all regions of the document except the comments

⌥⌘a

the previous selection

[ (open bracket)

(after selecting the previous…) the next selection

] (close bracket)

Table 3
Selecting text using the keyboard

Other methods of creating a multipart selection

Nisus Writer Pro enables a variety of other selection methods.

When you click Find All in the Find & Replace window, Nisus Writer Pro creates a multipart selection of all instances of what it finds.

When you select any text in any particular Paragraph Style, Character Style or List Style and choose the menu command: Format > [Paragraph/Character Style …] > Select All in Style.

“De-select” text from a selection

This is not to be confused with removing/deleting selected text from your document, but, when you have a lot of text selected and you want to “de-select” some of that text.

Press and double-click (or double-click and drag) over the text you want to remove from the selection. This creates a multipart selection of the previously unselected area.

When you save your document, Nisus Writer Pro saves the current selection(s) or insertion point position.


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