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How to Select a Table in Writer 2013

What are you looking for:

Select the entire table
Select part of a table
Select a Cell
Select a row or a column of a table

Select the entire table

There are three ways to select the entire table:

Method 1 Using the Select All icon: place the insertion point anywhere in the table and the Select All icon will appear at the top left corner of the table. Simply click this icon to select the entire table.

Method 2 Using the shortcut key: place the insertion point anywhere in the table and press <Ctrl+A> shortcut key to select the entire table.

Method 3 Right clicking: place the cursor within the table and right-click the mouse to open the context menu. Choose the Select Table option to select the entire table:

selected table

Figure 1 A selected table

Select part of a table

Select part of the table area with dashed borders. The steps are as follows:

Step 1 Click the arrow on the Select icon in the Home tab and choose the Select Table with Dashed Borders option in the drop-down list, or drag the right mouse button to start this function automatically.

Step 2 Drag the intersection of the dashed border over part or the whole table. The intersection of the dashed border and the table will be highlighted. Release the mouse to select this region. If you have nested tables, the nested tables in the selected area are also highlighted as below:

drag dashed border to select table

Figure 2 Drag the dashed borders to choose table

Click anywhere outside of the table to cancel the selection of cells, rows, columns or the table.

Select a cell

Select a cell: Move the cursor to the left of the cell and left-click after it changes into an arrow pointing up and right to select the cell.

select a cell in table in Writer

Figure 3 Select a cell

Select continuous cells: Either by holding down the left mouse button and dragging it over the desired cells, or by selecting the first cell and clicking the last cell you need while holding the Shift key.

Select non-continuous cells: Select the first cell and individually click every other cell that you need while holding the Ctrl key.

Select a row or a column of a table

Select a single row: Move the cursor to the left of the line and click after it changes into an arrow pointing up and right:

select a row in table in writer

Figure 4 Select a row

Select a single column: Move the cursor to the top of the column and click after it changes into a black arrow pointing downwards to select the column:

Figure 5 Select a column

Select several non-continuous rows or columns: select a row or column and then select other rows or columns you need while holding the Ctrl key.

Select several continuous rows or columns: select the first row or column and then select the last row or column that you need while holding the Shift key.