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Mousepad is the default text editor of Xubuntu. Is there a column select mode in Mousepad? How can I enable it?

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I figured out why. Press shift+alt+ctrl + mouse click where you want to start, keep pressed the keys + click again and move the mouse.

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At the time of writing this, the feature is absent due to migration from GTK+2 to GTK+3 this feature is yet not available. More details here:

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Another way to accomplish column-specific tasks in Mousepad (verified with Mousepad version 0.3.0, under Debian Jessie; and Mousepad version 0.4.0, under Debian Stretch):

Let's say you have three lines of text in a Mousepad document:

abcde
abcde
abcde

and you want to append an asterisk to the end of each line.

Select a block that starts and ends at the column of interest:

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Next, click Edit -> Change the selection. This will give you a thin vertical line at said column of interest:

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Now, type in an asterisk:

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A mouse click outside of the current selection and you're done!

FYI, casual research indicates that this feature MAY not be available in Debian Buster.

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