Shift+Arrow selection in the FrontEnd

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg64816] Shift+Arrow selection in the FrontEnd*From*: Chris Rodgers <rodgers at physchem.NOSPAMox.aREMOVEc.uk>*Date*: Sat, 4 Mar 2006 02:35:31 -0500 (EST)*Organization*: Oxford University, England*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Hi, If I wish to select some text in the Mathematica FrontEnd using the keyboard, I can press SHIFT and then use the arrow keys. However, the behaviour here is rather different to that with other programs. Pressing SHIFT+LEFT extends the selection at the left end, and pressing SHIFT+RIGHT extends it at the other end. Most (every?) other program that I use works with a "mark" and "cursor" model. This means that one end of the selection is held fixed while SHIFT+LEFT and SHIFT+RIGHT move the other end. The advantage is that one can decrease the selected region using the keyboard. Thus, I could place the mark at the beginning of an argument list, press CTRL+END to jump to the end of a line and then press CTRL+LEFT a few times to eliminate a few brackets and semicolons before copying the text. Is there a way to decrease the selected region in a Mathematica Notebook using the keyboard? Even better, is there a way to make Mathematica follow the "mark" and "cursor" model used by most software? Many thanks, Chris Rodgers.