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Ctrl+Arrows works correctly to jump between words, however when I use Ctrl+Shift+Arrows to select by words, nothing happens.

Anybody knows how to make it work? (I'm using Ubuntu 16.04)


Output of cat /etc/default/keyboard:

# KEYBOARD CONFIGURATION FILE

# Consult the keyboard(5) manual page.

XKBMODEL="pc105"
XKBLAYOUT="us"
XKBVARIANT=""
XKBOPTIONS=""

BACKSPACE="guess"

Output of gsettings list-recursively | grep -i ctrl:

org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.media-keys screenshot-clip '<Ctrl>Print'
org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.media-keys window-screenshot-clip '<Ctrl><Alt>Print'
org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.media-keys area-screenshot-clip '<Ctrl><Shift>Print'
org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.media-keys screencast '<Ctrl><Shift><Alt>R'
org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.media-keys screenshot-clip '<Ctrl>Print'
org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.media-keys window-screenshot-clip '<Ctrl><Alt>Print'
org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.media-keys area-screenshot-clip '<Ctrl><Shift>Print'
org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.media-keys screencast '<Ctrl><Shift><Alt>R'
org.onboard.lockdown disable-keys [['CTRL', 'LALT', 'F[0-9]+']]
org.gnome.Terminal.Legacy.Keybindings zoom-out '<Ctrl>minus'
org.gnome.Terminal.Legacy.Keybindings move-tab-left '<Ctrl><Shift>Page_Up'
org.gnome.Terminal.Legacy.Keybindings new-window '<Ctrl><Shift>n'
org.gnome.Terminal.Legacy.Keybindings copy '<Ctrl><Shift>c'
org.gnome.Terminal.Legacy.Keybindings zoom-normal '<Ctrl>0'
org.gnome.Terminal.Legacy.Keybindings zoom-in '<Ctrl>plus'
org.gnome.Terminal.Legacy.Keybindings move-tab-right '<Ctrl><Shift>Page_Down'
org.gnome.Terminal.Legacy.Keybindings close-window '<Ctrl><Shift>q'
org.gnome.Terminal.Legacy.Keybindings new-tab '<Ctrl><Shift>t'
org.gnome.Terminal.Legacy.Keybindings paste '<Ctrl><Shift>v'
org.gnome.Terminal.Legacy.Keybindings close-tab '<Ctrl><Shift>w'
org.onboard.lockdown disable-keys [['CTRL', 'LALT', 'F[0-9]+']]

dconf dump / | grep -i ctrl produces empty output

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  • Oh, Dima. If you switch keyboard layout with <Ctrl+Shift> I'm completely with you. It is old bug 1683383 (really in Xorg). You can try to fix it by switching to Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS. I did so and I can select text with <Ctrl+Shift+Arrows>.
    – N0rbert
    Mar 6 '18 at 21:08
  • @N0rbert, no I use <Alt>+<Shift> to switch keyboard layout
    – Dima L.
    Mar 7 '18 at 17:21
  • Very strange. Which session/desktop (GNOME, Unity, MATE, KDE) do you use?
    – N0rbert
    Mar 7 '18 at 17:41
  • I have default Ubuntu installation with Unity
    – Dima L.
    Mar 8 '18 at 6:06
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    You can try Guest session for sure.
    – N0rbert
    Mar 9 '18 at 17:04
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As @N0rbert suggested, I checked Guest session and found out that Ctrl+Shift+Arrows shortcut keys work correctly there, which means it's a matter of settings in my account.

I started to backup and remove "." folders in my account and at some point I did something wrong and my Unity settings were completely reset and Ctrl+Shift+Arrows started to work correctly.

To my regret I didn't correctly backup my wrong settings, so at this point I can't know where exactly these settings are saved, but I'm sure it's related to some Unity settings...

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One thing that could cause this, is activating this feature:

Settings/Universal Access/Pointing & Clicking/Locate pointer

It states that you can find your mouse pointer pressing Ctrl, but instead, I could no longer consistently use Ctrl+Shift+Arrow.

Leaving that information here, should I do it again, at some point.

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  • It's a pity I ran into the same problem with Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS as I like both features.
    – aaa bbb
    Oct 20 '21 at 14:14
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I ran into the same problem today on my Fedora 34 KDE Plasma.

Here is what worked out for me: System Settings > Hardware > Input Devices > Keyboard > Advanced > Switching to another Layout > uncheck Ctrl+Shift.

For people using Gnome together with Gnome Tweaks: there's a similar list with checkboxes, that can cause the same issue.

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