How do you SELECT a range of pages in Writer

As a author writing novels, near the end of the writing process I have a long document consisting of multiple chapters.

However, my spelling and grammar program cannot handle the whole document at one time. Therefore, I would like to SELECT - the COPY and Paste one chapter at a time.

Manually highlighting the pages within a chapter is possible in Writer - but it’s time-taking. Is there a way possible to do a SELECT and be able to specify the pages I want selected?

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There is no simple method of selecting a range of pages that I know of, apart from doing it in the usual manual manner you indicate e.g., clicking at the beginning of the required range, scrolling to the range end, and SHIFT+click to select the range. Ideally it would great if page selection was possible via the Navigator (F5). There are a few open Navigator-related enhancement requests that address aspects of such a facility:

  • fdo#54834, Allow user to select multiple headings simultaneously
  • fdo#63967, Quickly select several pages of text
  • fdo#64470, Double clicking on an item in the navigator should select the item on canvas

A possible workaround to using the Navigator is to zoom out as far as you can and set your view layout to Columns (the middle icon of the three in the status bar at bottom right). There is also an enhancement request to allow page selection by clicking in the canvas margins:

  • fdo#60416, UI: Page selection

Thanks for the response, oweng, Hopefully, a developer will start working on one of the requests in the near future.