Column selection feature is incomplete and not the way we used to it


I found many existing and old editors (e.g. Notepad++, Geany, Crimson editor) do column selection with these shortcuts:

Alt-Shift-Down - like Shift-Down to extend/shrink cursor selection, but in rectangular column selection mode. E.g. try Alt-Shift-Down, then Alt-Shift-Right.
Alt-Shift-Up - like Shift-Up, but in rectangular mode.
Alt-Shift-Left - like above
Alt-Shift-Right - like above

Alt + mouse drag - to make a rectangular selection

However, in Atom, the shortcut is different (Ctrl-Shift-Down, Ctrl-Shift-Up) and with different behavior. I would like to point out that this seems a new invention and doesn’t maintain harmony with old editors.

Since Atom is newer editor with some potential, I would like to see its common features behave like the mainstream, but not unnecessary new invention.


This is a duplicate of a previous topic:

We like to unify similar discussions under one topic so that people don’t have to read a bunch of different threads to get the whole story. Please continue the discussion there. I’ll be closing this topic as duplicate.


The topic you linked is itself closed and marked as duplicate of something else.


There’s a few plugin that provide this functionality. Amongs them


Actually our focused points are different, so I fired this issue.

E.g. from my point of view, I suggested that the shortcut “Ctrl-Shift-Up / Down” is not good. (Unless being different from other editors is the main intention)


Thanks, updated! Copy/pasted the wrong link :laughing:


I agree with @jeancroy, if you’re concerned about the key binding then this is a support category topic, not features. If you’re concerned with the capability of column selection and how it operates, then this is indeed a duplicate.

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