Asked • 03/18/19

Can't select text with mouse in Word or Outlook?

I cannot select text with my mouse in Word and Outlook. I can for a little while, then I can't, so, I close and restart the applications again and all is well. This also means that I can't drag anything like text that I have selected with the keyboard or table widths or tabs in the ruler bar...The cause was unknown until today when I narrowed it down to the `Ctrl` key.That is, as soon as I use the `Ctrl` key (for copy, paste, undo or even by itself for the purpose of this test), my ability to select and drag is gone.There are no sticky keys. I am using `Office 2010` (`Professional 14.0.6112.5000 32-bit` on `Windows 7 Pro SP1`).I have uninstalled and re-installed `Office`. I have tried several `registry edits` offered by my findings with no luck.Any ideas?

John M.

Have you tried double-clicking on a word, and if you can highlight the first word, move the cursor to the right several words to the end of the line or end of the paragraph and hold down the shift to click again. Just try any of those type of things. I've been bewildered with this sort of stuff too. Good luck!


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