Stop Automatically Selecting Entire Word in Powerpoint 2010

While Powerpoint 2010 is primarily a visually-focused program, you will need to do some text editing while you are using the application. Thankfully Powerpoint employs many of the tools and utilities that you find in Microsoft Word 2010, which drastically simplifies this process. However, there are some settings in Powerpoint 2010 that you might find annoying, including the one that forces the program to automatically select an entire word if you drag your mouse over a couple of the letters in the word. While this is very helpful in a number of situations, it can be problematic when you are attempting to make changes to single letters or letter sequences. Luckily you can change your settings to stop automatically selecting the entire word in Powerpoint 2010. This will improve your ability to make single-letter edits and reduce any frustration that might have previously been associated with Powerpoint’s insistance on selecting an entire word.

 

Change Powerpoint 2010 Word Selection Setting

 

Powerpoint 2010, like the rest of the programs in Microsoft Office 2010, is very customizable. If there is a setting that you do not like, then there is probably a way to change or eliminate it. Over my experience with Microsoft Office programs, I have occasionally found that there are certain situations where your experience with an Office program can be greatly improved by simply attempting to fix the problems that you have with that program. Follow the steps below to learn how to get Powerpoint 2010 to stop automatically selecting entire words.

 

Step 1: Open Powerpoint 2010.

Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.

Step 3: Click Options at the bottom of the left column.

powerpoint 2010 options menu

 

Step 4: Click Advanced in the column at the left side of the Powerpoint Options window.

advanced screen in powerpoint options

 

Step 5: Click the box to the left of When selecting, automatically select entire word in the Editing options section at the top of the window to remove the check mark.

stop automatically selecting entire word in powerpoint 2010

 

Step 6: Click the OK button at the bottom of the window to apply your change.

 

The next time you go to select a letter or sequence of letters in Powerpoint 2010, the entire word will not automatically be selected.

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