How to select all in Google Docs

There are some situations when you might want to select your entire document. For example, you might want to change the font of all the text in your document. To do this, you have to first select the entire document then change the font. 

3 Methods to select all in Google Doc

  • Using the Control + A (or Command + A) keyboard shortcut
  • Using your cursor
  • Choosing the ‘Select All’ option from the ‘Edit’ menu

Also, keep in mind that this article is intended for complete beginners. Hence, you can follow along even if you have never used Google Docs before. 

With that introduction, let’s learn about the methods! 

Method 1: Using the Control + A (or Command + A) keyboard shortcut 

The first method we will be talking about is a keyboard shortcut. We would recommend that you use this method rather than the others to select the entire document. This is because this method is easier and faster than the others. 

Below are the steps for this method. 

Step 1: Open your Google Docs document. 

The first step is to open the relevant Google Docs document. To do this, type in the search bar of your browser. This will open the Google Docs homepage. To open your document, click on a file under ‘Recent documents’. Make sure that you are first signed into your Google account. 

If you don’t already have a document you’d like to open, you can create a new one. One way of creating a new document is to create a blank document. To do this, simply click on the plus sign at the top of the screen. This will open a new tab with an empty document. Another way of creating a blank document is by typing in your browser’s search bar.

You can also choose from the numerous templates Google Docs offers. There are templates available for everything from invoices to resumes. To have a look at the available templates, click on the ‘Template Gallery’ button at the top right corner. Select any of the templates and start editing them to create your document. 

Step 2: Press Control + A (or Command + A for Mac users) to select the entire doc.

Once you have your document open in front of you, it’s time to press the keyboard shortcut. If you’re using Windows, just press Control + A. If you’re using a Mac, press Command + A. This will select the entire document. You can now edit the entire document however you want (e.g. changing the font size). You can also copy/cut the entire text. 

Method 2: Using your cursor

The next method involves using the cursor of your mouse or trackpad. This is a slightly less convenient method than the previous one, plus it takes more time. 

There are two ways you can use your cursor to select the entire document. First, just select the first word of the document then drag the cursor across the entire page. 

Scond, place your cursor at the start of the first word. Then, scroll to the end of your document (make sure that your cursor doesn’t move). Press Shift and click at the end of your document.

Method 3: Choosing the ‘Select All’ option from the ‘Edit’ menu

The next method involves using the Edit menu. This method also takes more time and effort than the first method (keyboard shortcuts). 

Below are the steps for this method.

Step 1: Click on the Edit tab. 

The first step is to click on the Edit tab at the top left corner of the screen. This will open the Edit menu. 

Step 2: Click on the ‘Select All’ option. 

Next, click on the ‘Select All’ option which you will find towards the bottom of the menu. This will select the entire document. 


This brings us to the end of the article! Here’s a brief recap of everything we covered today. 

There are three methods you can use to select the entire document in Google Docs. The first method is to use the keyboard shortcut Control + A (or Command + A if you have a Mac). 

The second method you can use is to simply drag your cursor across the entire screen. You can also use the Shift key to select the whole document. 

Lastly, you can go to the Edit tab and click on the ‘Select All’ option in the Edit menu. 

Thank you for reading!

If you want to know How to do a select all in MS Word, then check this post.

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