How to Stop Selecting Entire Words in Word 2013

Microsoft Word 2013 has a feature where, if an entire word is already selected, it will automatically select any following words in their entirety. if you need to make a large selection then this can really make things faster. But if you need to select individual letters of a word instead of the entire word, then it can be a little frustrating.

Luckily this is a setting that you can customize, so you can follow our steps in the guide below to change your Word 2013 settings to stop automatically selecting entire words.


Disable Complete Word Selection in Word 2013

The steps in this guide will change the settings in Microsoft Word 2013 so that the application stops automatically selecting an entire word if another complete word is already selected. Once you follow the steps below, then you will be able to create selections on a per-character basis, which allows for a lot more precision when you need to make changes in your document. it can be a little slower when you need to make large formatting changes or deletions, but it can really minimize frustration if you only need to select certain characters in a word.


  1. Open Word 2013.

  3. Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.
  4. click the file tab



  5. Click Options in the blue column at the left side of the window.
  6. click the options button



  7. Click the Advanced button in the column at the left side of the Word Options window.
  8. click the advanced tab



  9. Click the box to the left of When selecting, automatically select entire word to remove the check mark. You can then click the OK button at the bottom of the window to close the window and apply your changes.

click the "when selecting, always select entire word" option



Do you have colleagues or collaborators that always want you to send them your Word documents as PDFs? Fortunately Word 2013 makes it easy for you to save your Word documents as PDFs that you can easily share with others.