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Bypass Automatic Word Selection

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When you select words in your Word document, Word will understand that you usually want to highlight an entire word. Therefore, Word will go ahead and highlight entire words.

If you want more precision while you highlight (example: you want to select individual characters), there is a shortcut you can use to do this.

Bypass Automatic Word Selection

While selecting text, press the CTRL+SHIFT keys, then select the text.

You can also disable Automatic Word Selection entirely, by following these directions:

1. Click the Tools menu and select "Options..." from the menu that appears.

2. Click the Edit tab.

3. Uncheck the box that says "When selecting, automatically select entire word."

4. Click OK.

Tip: To enable Automatic Word Selection again, just re-check the "When selecting, automatically select entire word" check box again.

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