I-beam pointer

I-beam and I-cursor picture and exampleAlternatively referred to as the I-cursor, the I-beam pointer is a mouse cursor shaped similar to the capital letter "I" that indicates that text can be highlighted, inserted, or changed. In the picture is an example of what an I-cursor may look like.

To select a word with the I-beam, double-click in the middle of any word and to select an entire line of text or paragraph click the button quickly three times. To select a portion of text, click at the beginning or end of the text and while holding down the mouse button drag left, right, up, or down.

Tip: See the Top 10 keyboard shortcuts everyone should know, for additional tips on how text can be selected using the keyboard and other useful tips.

Note: If you have a block cursor instead of an I-beam cursor press your insert key.

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Also see: Cursor, Insert key, Insertion point, Mouse terms, Text cursor