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Tip 2.1: How to use box/column selection in the editor

April 22, 2013

“Visual Studio Tips, 251 ways to improve your Productivity in Visual Studio“, courtesy of ‘Sara Ford’

Sara Ford’s Blog

The editor offers two different selection models: stream and box. There’s also line selection, but that’s only in Brief emulations. (See Tip 2.15 for more information on editor emulations.)

Stream selection, using Shift+Arrow key, is what everyone is familiar with. But box selection allows you to manually select columns and lines at the same time.

Just hold down Shift+Alt+Arrow key and you’ll quickly get the feel for box selection. You can also use box selection using the mouse by holding down the Alt key while you select text. Cut, Copy, Paste still works, but just keep track of where you started to select the text. Ah, the memories of having to test all this functionality.

Happy Programming! =)

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