Highlighting words in Outlook. Option to not select entire word

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I once changed a setting that got rid of that horrible 'highlighting the entire word' when I'm holding shift and using the arrows to select text.


I was able to turn this off before but I can't for the life of me remember where it is.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, when you highlight a word in the editor using your arrow keys, you may want to delete part of a word, not the whole thing. but by default Outlook 365 automatically grabs not only the entire word, but it also selects the spaces before the word.


I found a way to turn this off and the highlighting worked as I expected, i just can't find that option anymore.



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Ugh, this always happens to me. 10 minutes after posting i find the solution.


options, editor options, advanced 


uncheck 'when selecting, automatically select entire word'


for anyone that's not tried it, you may find it useful.



@John Thompson 

Follow these 2 simple steps for Microsoft Outlook 2016 -


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Step 2: