Keyboard shortcuts for selecting text

Apple Keyboard

Being the fan of keyboard shortcuts that I am, I rarely pass-up the opportunity to use them. Here are a few keyboard shortcuts for selecting text in virtually any Mac OS X application that allows text entry.

Placing your cursor at any point in a line of text, you can:

  • Select text one letter at a time by hitting Shift + Left/Right Arrow
  • Select text one word at a time by hitting Shift + Option + Left/Right Arrow
  • Select all text to the beginning or end of a line (from wherever your cursor is currently located) by hitting Command + Shift + Left/Right Arrow

I knew there were other similar shortcuts, and a quick search brought up this great set of Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts for navigating and selecting text at OSXDaily.