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RE: Select cell

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  • Subject: [mg20069] RE: [mg19995] Select cell
  • From: "Ersek, Ted R" <ErsekTR at>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 03:33:26 -0400
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Chris (senisen at  wrote:
Can I select the bracket of the cell in which the cursor rests by a
keyboard shortcut? Like ctr-a selects all cells.


I often wanted to do that.  Earlier replies from others helped me find a
good solution.  At least one that works when using Version 3 or 4 under

You need to repeatedly depress
  Ctrl .
That's Ctrl and `.` at the same time.

For an example evaluate the following in a notebook.

 x 2 (1 - f[2 - 3 x])

2 x (1-f[2-3 x])

Put cursor before the 3 in Out[1] or In[1].

Depress Ctrl .   and  -  is selected.
Depress Ctrl . again and  2-3x  is selected.
Depress Ctrl . again and  f[2-3 x]  is selected.
Depress Ctrl . again and  1-f[2-3 x]  is selected.
Depress Crtl . again and (1-f[2-3 x]])  is selected.
Depress Ctrl . again and 2 x (1-f[2-3 x])  is selected.
Depress Ctrl . again and  the cell bracket is selected.

I can't predict what Ctrl . does when the cursor is between cells.

Ted Ersek

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