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How to select multiple shapes or objects in Word?

Author: Amanda Li Last Modified: 2024-07-16

When working with shapes and objects in a Word document, you might find the need to select multiple items at once for moving, formatting, or editing purposes. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to efficiently select multiple shapes or objects in Word using two methods:

Select multiple shapes or objects with Select feature
Quickly select all shapes in current document with Kutools for Word


Select multiple shapes or objects with Select feature

Select multiple adjacent shapes or objects at once:

1. Click Select > Select Objects under Home tab. See screenshot:

2. Draw a box over the shapes or objects to select them all at once. See screenshot:

Note: press the Esc key can release the selection.

Select multiple non-adjacent shapes or objects at once:

1. Click Select > Selection Pane under Home tab. See screenshot:

2. Then the Selection pane is display on the right side of document, and all objects are listed out. Please hold down the Ctrl key, click on the object name one by one to select them at once. See screenshot:


Quickly select all shapes in current document with Kutools for Word

If you want to select all shapes at once time in current document, the select Shapes utility of Kutools for Word will do you a good favor. Please do as follows.

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Just click Kutools > Shapes. See screenshot:

Then all shapes in current document are selected immediately.


Tip: If there are multiple embedded object such as Word object, Viso object and so on in your document, and you want to select them all at the same time, you can apply the Select Embed Object paragraphs utility of Kutools for Word to achieve it. Please click Kutools > Paragraphs > Select Embed Object paragraphs. See screenshot:

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Thanks for describing about that Select feature in Word. It's very useful (Honestly I didn't know about that feature before)
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Thanks for your knowledge guys!
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Not 'SHIFT or CTRL', but 'SHIFT and CTRL', to select multiple shapes or objects.
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Does not work in word 2010. Holding shift/ctrl does not work.
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the latest version of word is many steps backwards in terms of user friendliness.. utterly useless the guys who designed it need firing the guys that agreed to put this out to market were even more stupid
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Klarkov, I comming from year 2021, things getting worse with Word 365...
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