From time to time, a new feature comes along that has the unique distinction of being both a curse and a blessing. The way Word handles text selection automatically selecting the entire word when only part of it is highlighted with the cursor is one of those features. It can save you some time and prevent you from leaving part of a word when you intend to delete the whole thing, but it becomes cumbersome when you wish to select only part of a word. Fortunately, you can weigh your choices and decide if you want Word to select automatically the entire word or if you want Word to allow you to select only part of a word.
1. From the Tools menu, select Options
2. Click on the Edit tab
3. Under editing options select or deselect When selecting, automatically select entire word
4. Click OK