How to Select All in Google Docs

The steps in this article are going to show you a quick way to select all of the text in your Google Docs document.

  1. Open the Google Docs file.
  2. Click the Edit tab at the top of the screen.
  3. Choose Select All from the dropdown menu.

You can make formatting changes or delete parts of your document in Google Docs by using your mouse to select the text to edit.

But when you need to make changes to the entire document, such as switching a font or adjusting the line spacing, then using your mouse to manually select all of the text in the document is tedious.

Luckily there is a faster way to select the entire document. Our tutorial below will show you how to select all in Google Docs using an option in the menu, as well as a keyboard shortcut that will also select everything.

How to Select Everything in a Google Docs Document

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will also work in other desktop browsers like Microsoft Edge or Firefox.

Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com and open the document.

Step 2: Choose the Edit tab at the top of the window.

click the Edit tab

Step 3: Click the Select All option from the menu.

choose Select All from the menu

All of the text in your document should now have a bluish highlight around it, indicating that the text is selected. Any formatting choice that you make with all of the text selected will then be applied to the entire document.

how to select all in Google Docs

As mentioned earlier, you can also use a keyboard shortcut to select all in Google Docs.

Simply click anywhere in the document, then press Ctrl + A to select all.

Find out how to clear formatting in Google Docs if you have a document that contains a lot of different formatting and you wish to change it all to the document’s default.