Ask Mr. Modem: Use Arrow Keys For Text Selection

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Q. Isn’t there some way to use the arrow keys when highlighting text? I try to use my mouse cursor, but I always end up overshooting the mark or selecting an entire paragraph when I only want a few words or a sentence or two.

A. There is indeed a way to use your arrow keys to select text. Place your cursor where you want to start highlighting, hold down your Shift key, then use your up and down arrow keys. If a section that you want to highlight is really large, use your Page Up and Page Down keys.

Q. I terminated my AT&T account for my smartphone because I didn’t need all the Internet-related bells and whistles. Even though I no longer have Internet access by phone, can I continue using the phone’s calendar, camera, etc? I’d consider selling it, but I don’t know why anybody would want a year-old phone. Thanks for always providing honest, reliable answers, Mr. M.

A. Honest? Reliable? Whew…I’m really feeling the pressure, but I’ll do my best. Different phones function in different ways, so if the calendar and camera aren’t dependent on Internet access, you should be fine, though you won’t be able to forward photos and other items. If the calendar is web-based and you were using your cell phone’s wireless connection to the Internet, you will not be able to access that feature. The easiest way to check is to simply power up the phone and see what you can and cannot do.
As far as selling your phone, there are many people who do want older phones, particularly folks who may not be able to afford newer ones. If you do decide to sell it, is one of several popular (and legitimate) outfits that buys and sells older technology, as does Amazon’s Trade-In Store at

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