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Re: Re: Re: Select text with keyboard?

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  • Subject: [mg102632] Re: [mg102597] Re: [mg102574] Re: Select text with keyboard?
  • From: DrMajorBob <btreat1 at>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2009 04:05:03 -0400 (EDT)
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Usually, when I select part of an expression, I want a full SUBEXPRESSION.  
For that, I click anywhere in the expression and double-click,  
triple-click, or whatever number of rapid clicks is necessary to select  
everything I want. Then I cut or copy to paste it elsewhere, or I start  
typing a replacement expression.

In the case of "hello world", I can double-click anywhere in the word  
"world" to select the word, or I can triple-click to get the full string.

I can also get any selection I want by clicking at either end of the  
selection I want and dragging to the other end... but I usually use the  
multi-click method.

I get the same behavior as you if I try what you're doing... but somehow,  
I've never wanted to do that.


On Sun, 16 Aug 2009 05:40:46 -0500, Tomas Garza <tgarza10 at> wrote:

> I'm sorry, but I had never used that method of selection (i.e., "place  
> the cursor before w then press shift + right arrow etc.". You're right,  
> it works differently in Mathematica than, e.g., in OpenOffice Write.  
> Perhaps somebody else may help.
> Tomas
>> Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2009 05:32:43 -0400
>> From: chezng at
>> Subject: [mg102574] Re: Select text with keyboard?
>> To: mathgroup at
>> On Aug 12, 9:35 am, Tomas Garza <tgarz... at> wrote:
>> > I've been using the procedure
>> > "pressing the cursor keys to define
>> >  the start of the selection then holding down shift and pressing the
>> >  cursor keys to define the end of the selection"
>> > (I guess "keys" means "left button") for ages.
>> > It works as expected, both in input cells and in text cells.
>> >
>> > Tomas
>> Hi,
>> Thank you for your reply. Unfortunately i still cannot get it to work
>> as expected although perhaps my expectations are different!
>> If for instance i enter the text
>> hello world
>> and place the cursor before w then press shift + right arrow 3 times
>> then the wor is selected. That is fine so far.
>> If i then press shift + left arrow then the space before w gets
>> selected! I am used to the selection decreasing in size so that only
>> wo would be selected at this point.
>> Does text select the same way for anyone else?
>> Is there any way to change this behaviour?
>> Thank you,
>> Matt

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