When selecting text in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, you may have noticed that once you select a word and continue dragging, the next word is automatically selected. In other words, Word or PowerPoint extends the selection by a word at a time rather than beginning or ending precisely where you drag.
For many people, this is just a minor annoyance, while others find it irritating. Luckily, you can turn off this "feature" from Word Options.
Quick Guide: To Enable Precise Select
- Click the File tab on the Ribbon to display Backstage view.
- Click Options in the left pane.
- In the left pane, click Advanced.
- Under the Editing Options area, uncheck the box next to "When selecting, automatically select entire word"
- Click OK.
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