Text selection in Indesign CS3-CS6 – Selecting text in both direction

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Do you know in Indesign if you selected a text then you can extend the selection of text in both the direction without leaving or deselecting the current selection you have. Today in this article I will show you the how you can preform this action…

Let you the text MAY I HELP YOU typed in the text frame  and have the cursor between between I and help; here if I use shift + right arrow combination then the text at the right side of the cursor will be selected and if I press the shift + left arrow key then the text from left then selection will expand from the left side.

Now here is a brief how it happens, At first I was using shift + right arrow key; it is ok… but if I paused for a while and then use the shift + left arrow key… then instead of deselecting the text; the selection extend to left… isn’t this strange… this text effect I have seen several times; even with the ctrl+shift+arrow keys combination.

But as I have said already that I have accidentally discovered this behavior that there is unique way; why this happens with the text selection.

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After taking attention to the action I was performing; finally I came to a conclusion that it is just the timing of the shift key that how many times I have pressed or released.

Still confused; let me explain. Let I have the  courser at the position between I and HELP.  Now I need to select the text to right up to Help… then as usual I have to use the keys combination SHIFT + RIGHT arrow key. Once the text “help” selected; then I discovered I have to select the I word also.. this is what you have to understand… only release the shift key for a while say one sec and now keep it pressed again… now this time when you use the left arrow key… instead of deselecting the text HELP it will extend the selection to the left selecting the word I.

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