Selecting under cursor all the time



I think I must have pressed a keyboard shortcut while typing by accident. Now, in any atom editor, if I place the cursor with the mouse and then move the mouse around, the text is automatically selected underneath it even though I’m not holding down any of the usual modifiers for this (holding down the mouse key, pressing shift, whatever).

How do I turn this off please?


Have you followed the suggestions in the Debugging document? Also, could you give the following information?

  • Which version of Atom are you using?
  • What OS and version are you running?
  • Do you have Emmet installed?
  • Can you reproduce the issue after completely exiting Atom and restarting using atom --safe?


This may be a stupid answer but when this happens to me I fix it by banging on each modifier key a few times. (grin).