how do I.. (select all)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MynameisMud, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. MynameisMud macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2008
    I've had my first mac for a month now and am loving it.

    On windows I used to be able to right click "select all" and all the text in that window would be highlighted. it sucks having to use the mouse to highlight and scroll to select a large amount of text.

    How do i do this on a mac?
  2. JoshLV macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    Las Vegas
    Maybe I misunderstood the question, but can't you just triple click?
  3. soccersquirt82 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2008
    On a document, you can press the Command key (  key) and A. This will highlight everything on that page.
  4. MynameisMud thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2008
    well, for example, let's say i want to copy and paste a really long news article. Triple-clicking highlighted one paragraph. Hitting command + A selected everything including images.

    If I remember correctly, on Windows I used to just right-click and "select all" and all the text would highlight.

    If I remember correctly?
  5. MynameisMud thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2008
    basically, when i try to copy something reaaaaaallllllllly long I find myself struggling to hold down my click and moving the mouse in the direction i'm highlighting until I get stuck or i run out of space on my mousepad and fall off and then i have to start all over.


    Maybe this is a personal problem?
  6. motulist macrumors 68040


    Dec 2, 2003
    I don't get it. How does the apple-A command not do what you're talking about? Regardless, all you need to do is select the first word you want to select, then hold down shift and click on the last word you want. That will select everything between those 2 words.
  7. jarenado macrumors regular


    Sep 4, 2007
    Option 1. command + a

    Option 2. shift + command + down key

    Option 3. enable two finger tap for touchpad (will give you the right click
    option you were looking for) if its a regular mouse, enable right
    click all this can be done through system prefrences

    enjoy not having to deal with a pc anymore. welcome to the fold.
  8. MynameisMud thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2008
    That does the job best thanks.
  9. pooky macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2003
    You can also right click (or press the control key and click on a one-button mouse) and choose select all. Works in firefox, anyway.
  10. soms macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2007
    Easiest way if you don't want images etc getting selected.
  11. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    My Windows machine copies images when I do a select all, perhaps yours is special ;)
  12. Vancouver user macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2016
    --- Post Merged, Mar 16, 2016 ---
    I actually just tried what you said. Here's how I got here - I was googling "how to 'select all on iMac" - I was trying to copy a picture off of a Yelp page and would only provide ALL the thumbnail pictures..... I found your directions of "Command" then push the plus sign "+" and then the letter "A". Who knows how it works or why, I just tried it and it does work. Thanks for the advice, that really helped with what i wanted to do. Appreciate the assistance.

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