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Re: Select text with keyboard?

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  • Subject: [mg102758] Re: Select text with keyboard?
  • From: "Chris Degnen" <degnen at>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2009 07:43:55 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <h5nhsi$8nh$>

Matt <chezng at> wrote:
> Mathematica is the only app i know that, when holding shift and
> pressing the left cursor key, expands the start of the selection!

The mathematica convention is sensible for selecting enclosed
text.  If you want to try some customisation, the key bindings
are in, in (Windows):

C:\Program Files\Wolfram Research\Mathematica\7.0\SystemFiles\...

or more generically:

ToFileName[{$TopDirectory, "SystemFiles", "FrontEnd",
  "TextResources", LinkWrite[$ParentLink,
   FrontEnd`Value["$SystemID"]]; LinkRead[$ParentLink]},

Relevant bindings are in the paragraph (* Selections *):-

Item[KeyEvent["Right", Modifiers -> {Shift}], "SelectNext"]


Item[KeyEvent["Left", Modifiers -> {Shift}], "SelectPrevious"]

There is no SelectLeft or SelectRight token though.  Some of
the tokens are listed here, (e.g. the Edit Menu):

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