Selecting Text with the OS X Keyboard

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I recently had a switcher friend ask me about selecting and moving around in text in OS X. It occurred to me that there are probably a lot of new Mac users abusing their arrows keys as a result of not knowing how to select text so here is a quick review.

Moving by the letter ...



Arrow Keys

Selecting one letter at a time ...



Shift + Arrow Keys

Moving one word at a time ...



Option + Arrow Keys (right and left)

Selecting one word at a time ...



Shift + Option + Arrow Keys (right and left)

Moving one paragraph at a time ...



Option + Arrow Keys (up and down)

Selecting one paragraph at a time ...



Shift + Option + Arrow Keys (up and down)

Move to Top or Bottom ...



Command + Arrow (up and down)

Select to Top or Bottom ...



Shift + Command + Arrow (up and down)

Move to Front/End of Line ...



Command + Arrow (right and left)

Select to Front/End of Line ...



Shift + Command + Arrow (right and left)

Did I miss anything?