CTRL+ left click multi cursor not working

Multiple-cursor on click not working!!!
I have a this problem. Pressing CTRL + mouse left click is not producing multiple cursors.
I totally uninstalled atom. Deleted .atom in user folder. Installed totally new. Didn’t work.
Then I installed atom-ide-ui package and then disabled the option in Enable Options. Didn’t work.

I don’t know what happened. It seems that it suddenly stopped doing it. Does anyone has any good solution for this problem?
I also searched internet and applied all I could find before writing here.
I am using Windows 10. And latest version of atom.


Did you recently update atom? I had an error on my code inspector not showing and saw it had a new update, restarted and now I have the same issue as well. So annoying I use it all the time.


Same issue, seemed to come out of no where. Super annoying as I use it all the time.

Tried to restart, tried to reinstall, tried to enabled / disable to multi cursor option and no dice it is still broken.

Any help anyone can provide for this issue would be greatly appreciated!


I did some digging, https://github.com/atom/atom/issues/20911 seems to show a “temp fix”.


I’m seeing this as well after updating.

PR #20804 has been merged to fix this. It should be fixed in the next release.

For a temporary fix:

  1. Open the console (Ctrl + Shift + I) (Alt + Cmd + I on MacOS)
  2. run atom.config.set('core.editor.multiCursorOnClick', true);

Oh thank god. I don’t even notice when atom updates, so this just happened out of nowhere and I thought I was going insane. For it to suddenly stop working was so inexplicable, I was worried that Ctrl+click had never worked and I dreamt it.


I applied that fix: working

Apply fix like that:
automaticallyUpdate: false
multiCursorOnClick: true…

in config file


had this happen to me too, the temporary fix worked. thanks!!!

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Hi @UziTech - editing the config setting through command line as you suggested and verifying the contents in config file does NOT fix my missing multiple cursors on stable 1.48.0. Might there be anything else (other than hyperclick and IDE, which are NOT installed) that have made this stop working? First it was nightly that stopped about 2 weeks ago, then beta stopped about a week ago, now stable has stopped in 1.48.0. So something - other than the bug you referenced - has flowed down to my editor which is not fixed by the config change you posted.

@tremendus have you tried it in safe mode? That config change will fix the problem in Atom introduced in 1.48.0. If there is another problem somewhere else in your setup I would first try disabling some packages until it works too figure out which package is causing problems.

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same issue here. Win10, Atom 1.48…

I hope this helps someone. When you follow UziTech’s method above, it opened for me what looked like the inspection window for a browser. I then had to click the console tab. When I entered
atom.config.set('core.editor.multiCursorOnClick', true);
as UziTech suggested, I hit enter, tested, and problem solved for now.


Same here. Pretty annoying. I use that feature all the time. I did recently update so I wonder if it’s just buggin out. Hope it get’s fixed soon. :triumph:

For me too ! Same problem, … waiting for a normal behaviour …
On Linux Fedora, last version, KDE Plasma

This is also happening for me, been like that for about a week. I am gonna try this cmnd line fix

Works perfectly in Atom 1.47, broken in 1.48.

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Same problem since updating to 1.48.0. The “temporary fix” above solved it for me:


thank you :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

Thanks. This works like a charm.