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Contribute > Selecting Table Elements
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Selecting Table Elements
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You can select an entire table, row, or column, or you can select a single cell or a contiguous block of cells in a table.

Selecting an entire table, row, or column

You might select an entire table, row, or column because you want to paste it onto another page or because you want to change the background of all the cells in the selection at once.

To select an entire table, do one of the following:

  • Click the upper left corner of the table or click anywhere on the right or bottom edge.
  • Click in a table cell, and then select Table > Select Table.

Selection handles appear on the selected table’s lower and right edges.
[View Image]

To select rows or columns:

  • Position the pointer to point at the left edge of a row or the top edge of a column.
  • When the pointer changes to a selection arrow, click to select the row or column, or drag to select multiple rows or columns. [View Image]

Selecting a cell, a block of cells, or nonadjacent cells

You might want to select a cell or group of cells because you want to paste it onto another page or because you want to change the background of all the cells in the selection at once.

When you select a block of cells, the block must form a rectangle. When you select multiple nonadjacent cells in a table, you can only modify the properties of those cells. You cannot copy or paste sets of nonadjacent cells.

To select a single cell, do one of the following:

  • Click in the cell, and then drag to select the cell.
  • Click in the cell, and then select Edit > Select All.

To select a line or a rectangular block of cells, do one of the following:

  • Drag from one cell to another cell.
  • Click in one cell, and then Shift-click another cell.

    All the cells within the linear or rectangular region defined by the two cells are selected. [View Image]

To select nonadjacent cells:

  • Control-click (Windows) or Command-click (Macintosh) the cells, rows, or columns you want to select.

Note: If a cell, row, or column you Control-click or Command-click isn’t already selected, it’s added to the selection. If it is already selected, it’s removed from the selection.

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||||||| Updated: 06/22/2010
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