Selecting is the process of highlighting text or picking an object. For example, a user may select text to copy, cut, or move that text to an alternate location or select a file they want to view. If something is selected, you can deselect text or another object by clicking somewhere else on the screen.
Tip: If you are using the keyboard and a checkbox is highlighted you can press the spacebar key to select or deselect a checkbox.
How to select text
You can also select text by double-clicking on a word to select the word or triple-clicking to select the full sentence or paragraph. Below is some text that can be used to practice this form of selecting text.
Tip: You may deselect text by pressing the Esc key.
How to select a file, folder, or other icon
Tip: You may deselect a file, folder or other icon by pressing the Esc key.
Selecting a portion of an image
The steps required for selecting a portion of the image can vary depending on the image editor you're using. However, with most image editors to select a portion of an image use the marquee tool and drag a box around the portion of the image you want to select. Once selected, you could crop that portion of the image or copy it into another picture or program.
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How do you deselect one icon from a group of highlighted icons?
With most programs, if multiple files, pictures, icons, or other items are selected, you can hold down the Ctrl key and then click each highlighted item you want to deselect.