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In Windows, when I want to copy some region of text I press Alt key and then mark the region with mouse.

If I try to do this in Ubuntu, then I activate the move screen command.

How can I achieve the same effect in Ubuntu? It's funny, but I can to find this on Google, thou is seems to be very useful feature.

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With region, you mean a block of columns, not just rows? In xpdf, a pdf-viewer, you can do it - it is the normal way to mark text there (left button, afair). – user unknown Jan 25 '12 at 9:39
@userunknown I meant, that I am not bound to full row or full column. For example I have 2 lines of text, and I want to select only first 3 letter of each word. I Windows I can use alt+mouse on any text to achieve such selection. – ubuntico Jan 25 '12 at 10:20
@userunknown To add: I know I can do it in PDF, but I need it in normal text editor. – ubuntico Jan 25 '12 at 10:21
Yes, that's what I meant with columns. A rectangular region, not bound to whole lines. – user unknown Jan 25 '12 at 10:22
@prusswan I think it's better title now :) – ubuntico Jan 25 '12 at 19:45
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This feature is dependent on the text editor you're using. In kate, for example, Block Selection Mode is toggled by Shift-Ctrl-B.

As far as I'm aware, on Windows this also is a feature which is implemented (or not implemented) by each individual editor.

If your editor does not support the feature you can install kate, copy-paste text there and then use the Block Selection Mode.

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cool suggestion. Do you know any text editor in GNOME that supports this. I wouldn't like to install all KDE libs just because of the Kate. – ubuntico Jan 25 '12 at 10:54
actually it's only 4MB of space so that's fine. – ubuntico Jan 25 '12 at 10:55

Where in Windows? You can't possibly do that in Notapad.
I imagine you use Notepad++ or similar Scintilla based editor.

Same can be done in Ubuntu, only that you can't use Alt key because it's reserved, but Ctrl. Try it with Geany, SciTE or maybe other Scinilla based editors

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Thanks! And not, its not Notepad. It's MS Word. In this post I realized that this feature is in the domain of the app, not operating system. I will upvote your reply. – ubuntico Jan 25 '12 at 18:37

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