Instead of dragging across text to selecting it, it’s more accurate and efficient to use mouse clicks. For example:
- A single click positions the cursor.
- Double-click selects a word.
- Triple-click selects a line of type.
- Quadruple-click selects a paragraph.
- Quintuple-click (that’s five!) selects all the text in a text block.
I programmed one of the buttons on my trackball to be a “double click”. That way, selecting a paragraph just takes two clicks of that button.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.