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Selecting a word


A fundamental part of WorldEdit is working with a selection or region. For example, if you wanted to replace all the glass blocks inside a square area with dirt, you would have to tell WorldEdit where this square is. WorldEdit gives you several ways to select a region for editing, this section will introduce you to selecting regions and show you what you can do with them.

Want to see selection lines?В¶

To see lines that show what you have selected, then you need to install WorldEditCUI, a client-side mod. Note that the mod requires Fabric, so you will need to install that first.

If you would like to use an older version of Minecraft (1.12 or before), in addition to downloading an older WorldEdit (version 6), you will also need the older WorldEditCUI mod by Mumfrey. Note that this version requires LiteLoader (installation instructions on that page) instead of Fabric.

Don’t want to install client mods? You can access a limited version of the selection outlines server-side via the //drawsel command. It only works for cuboid selections less than 32x32x32 in size, and you must be in creative mode. These restrictions are due to how structure blocks work in Minecraft.

Selecting Cuboids¶

WorldEdit allows you to select cuboids (think a 3D rectangle) by choosing two points at two corners of the cuboid. The diagram below indicates how two points can form a cuboid. The cuboids you select can only be aligned to the world (they cannot be rotated at an angle).

You can also select other shapes such as 2D polygons, ellipsoids, spheres, cylinders, and more. Information on these other selection modes is described later in this page.

There are several different ways of choosing these two points and you can mix and match.

Selecting with the wand¶

The most intuitive way to select a region is by using wand. To get the wand, use //wand (it is, by default, a wooden axe). Left clicking a block with the wand marks that block as the first corner of the cuboid you wish to select. A right-click chooses the second corner.

You can bind the selection wand to a different item either by changing the configuration or using the //selwand command. In this regard, it is a tool .

Selecting at your own location¶

These commands set the first and second corners to the block above the one that you are standing on. Generally the wand suffices for most tasks and you likely will not need to use this. This is useful if you are flying in mid-air and don’t have blocks you can click with the wand.

Selecting with your crosshair¶

These commands set the first and second corners to the block that you are looking at. This allows you to select points from far away and make particularly large cuboid regions with ease.

Selecting the current chunk¶

This command selects all the blocks in the chunk that you are standing in. Chunks are 16 by 16 and are 256 blocks high. Using //chunk -s instead will select all chunks that your current selection intersects.

Adjusting the selection¶

Expanding the selection¶

This command allows you to easily enlarge a region in several different ways:

  • By specifying a direction
  • By looking in the direction (only for cardinal directions)
  • To the sky and to bedrock (using vert )

To specify a direction, use “N”, “S”, “W”, “E”, “U” (for up), or “D” (for down) for the direction. If you want to merely look in the direction, either use “me” for the direction or don’t enter a direction parameter.

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You can also specify relative directions like “F” (forward, same as “me”), “B” (back), “L” (left), “R” (right) which will go be relative to the direction you are facing.

You can also specify multiple directions separated by commas to expand in multiple directions at once, such as //expand 10 n,w .

You can specify two numbers and the region will be expanded in two opposite directions simultaneously.

Example: Expanding upwards

For example, if you used //expand 10 up , the selection would grow larger at the top as shown.

Contracting the selection¶

This command works similarly to //expand , but instead contract.

Example: Contracting downwards

Which way would the selection contract? If you used //contract 10 down , then the selection would shrink from the top.

Inset and Outset¶

If you want to expand or contract in all directions at once (or just horizontal or vertical directions), you can use the //outset and //inset commands. For example, //outset -v 5 will expand your selection vertically (both up and down) 5 blocks each, while //inset -h 5 will contract your selection horizontally (north, west, south, and east) 5 blocks each. Leaving out the v or h will work in all 6 directions.

Selection Information¶

WorldEdit also provides you with commands for getting information about the area you have selected.

Getting selection size¶

Gets the area and dimensions of your selection.

The -c flag will instead measure your clipboard size instead of your selection.

Counting block frequency¶

Counts the number of blocks in your selection which match the mask.

Finding the block distribution¶

Shows the block distribution in the selection area.

The -c flag operates on your clipboard instead of your selection.

The -d flag separates by block states instead of just types.

Example: Block distribution output

Only by block type:

Separating by states:

Selection Modes¶

Using the //sel command allows you to change between different shapes. It is recommended to install the CUI mod when using more complex shapes so you can visualize what you’re selecting.

The standard cuboid selection mode, described above.

Left-click to select first point. All subsequent points are selected by right-clicking. Every right-click will extend the cuboid selection to encompass the new point.

Left-click to select first point. All subsequent points are selected by right-clicking. Every right-click will add an additional point. The top and bottom will always encompass your highest and lowest selected points.

Left-click to choose center, right-click to extend. You can control the radii along the x, y, and z planes individually depending on where you click.

Left-click to select center, right-click to extend. Selection will always be a sphere from the first point which has a radius to the second point.

Left-click to choose center, right click to extend. You can control the x and z radii, while the height will always encompass your highest and lowest points.

Left-click to select first point. All subsequent points are selected by right clicking. The selection is a convex hull encompassing all your selected points.

Word 2000 — Selecting Text

Lesson 3: Selecting Text


By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Select text using different methods

The Word window

When you’re creating a document, you might want to change the way text appears.

Before you can change the font style, size, or color—or replace or delete text—you must first select it.

Here’s a quick rule of thumb:

  1. Select what you want to change.
  2. Make your changes.

There are several different selection techniques. Soon ,you’ll be selecting and manipulating text like a pro!

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First method: Click and drag to select text

  • Move your pointer until the I-Beam (insertion point) is next to the text you want to edit.
  • Click the left mouse button.
  • Without releasing the mouse button, drag the insertion point to select text.
  • Release the left mouse button when you have selected the text you want to change.


  • It highlights letters, words, and even entire documents.
  • There’s a lot of control with individual letters, words, and phrases.


  • A lack of control may cause speedy selecting, which selects an entire document when you don’t want it to; and backward selecting, which selects text to the right when you want to select text to the left and vice versa.

Second method: Use the pointer to select an entire line of text

To select a single line of text:

  • Move the I-beam to the left margin until it becomes a right-slanted white pointer.
  • Position the pointer to the left of the line you want to highlight.
  • Click once to highlight a single line.
  • Click and drag up or down to select as many lines as you want to edit.


  • This method is quick and easy.


  • It selects the entire line of text when you may not want it to.
  • It may take some practice to position the pointer correctly.

Third method: Double- and triple-clicking text

  • Double-clicking directly on text selects that text.
  • Triple-clicking directly on text selects the entire line.

To use the double-click method:

  • Place your mouse pointer directly over the word or phrase you want to select.
  • Double-click.

To use the triple-click method:

  • Place your mouse pointer anywhere in the line you want to select.
  • Triple-click.


  • It’s easy, with lots of control.


  • It’s not ideal for selecting large portions of text.

Fourth method: Select All

Select All is a helpful feature.

To select an entire document:

  • Choose EditSelect All from the menu bar.

All of the text in your document is selected instantly. Click anywhere outside selected text to deselect text.


  • This is great when you need to quickly select all text in a document, like for changing the font style or size.


  • It selects all text, which you may not always want.

Warning! While text is selected, pressing any key on the keyboard will delete your text. Click the Undo button on the Standard toolbar to reverse this common mistake.

Fifth method: Use the keyboard

Many people use the keyboard to select text.

Did you know?

Troubleshooting speedy selecting

When using the click-and-drag method to select text, have you ever selected a lot of text without meaning to? You’ve experienced speedy selecting.

To avoid this frustration:

  • Use Select All in the Edit menu


  • Use the Shift key:
    • Click once at the starting point of the text you want to select.
    • Hold down the Shift key while clicking again at the ending point of the text you want to select.
    • The text in between these two points should be selected.
  • Keep in mind that when text is selected, pressing any key deletes it. The Undo button often comes in handy for this common mistake.

    Learn more about deleting and inserting text in the next lesson.

    Selecting part of a word [Korean words]

    For example, there is this phrase in one of the lessons I created: 두번째. This is not one word, but is actually three words. Korean spacing works in such a way so that it would be incorrect to write it like 두 번 째. The problem is that I know what 두 and 번 are, but 째 is the word I want to create a new link for.

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    This also creates a problem with my stats. For example, 사람이 is 사람 (people) + 이 (subject particle). I know both of these words, but because there is no space between them, it will be counted as a single word. And if it appears as 사람은 (which is 사람 again + 은 (topic particle)) that gets counted as one word.

    Is there any way to fix this?

    It’s not a matter of «fixing» it — in Korean those are considered separate individual words and they mean different things. 사람이 vs. 사람은 have slightly different connotations. This is a particular characteristic of the Korean language and the LingQ word count stats account for this. You have to mark a lot more words as «known» to move up levels in Korean as opposed to French for example.

    In my case, when I feel I know the root word, AND I know the connotation behind a particular ending, that’s when I mark those individual words as known.

    Other languages have similar idiosyncrasies when it comes to individual words, such as different gendered versions of the same word, or genders changing meanings etc. All those are considered individual words in each language, Korean just has a lot more.

    Thank you for the reply. Like you said, they are separate individual words. But to my knowledge, and according to my Korean teacher, 사람이 (for example) is still two separate words — 사람 + 이, not 사람이 (as one word).

    Yes, when they are used together it changes the overall meaning of the phrase or set of words — I can see how looking at it in this way might help a learner understand the importance of the particles in Korean more. I am new to Lingq, so perhaps this is a method that works on this medium, but.

    It would still be preferable if you could have more control over defining words (or parts of words).

    The way I understand it, there are root words, and unique words. 사람 is your root, 이 however is not really a word in and of itself, it’s a particle, and the use of it creates a unique word from the root word.

    LingQ is designed to look up individual words in an online database and keep track of them — this is technically a very basic functionality. But what you’d be asking the system to do is not only to look up 사람이 but to mark 사람 as a word that you know AND mark 이 as a grammatical particle that you’re able to understand (by having a separate database of particles) and disregard any marked root word with an 이 ending after that — multiply that by all particles in Korean. The system would need to have a complete understanding of Korean grammar by being able to separate each particle from the root — including colloquial-ish endings — along with taking apart compound works like «I would have gone home, you know?» which may be one individual word in Korean. And then multiply that by all the languages offered here.

    That would be a vastly different function than running a dictionary search.

    I personally think it’s best to leave it up to the individual to decide when they «know» a word or not. That’s why I completely agree that having the ability to divide them up any way I want would be the best. Lingq doesn’t let you do this, and it’s a shame, but I like to think the programmers want to have this capability in the future.

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