Example of block editing in Atom

Example of block editing in Atom

I feel like I’ve waited my whole life for an editor that just does vertical block selection editing simply and easily. Even type and replace selection across the vertical block works.

How did I do it in Atom? Shift + Ctrl + Arrows to Select the block. Super easy and intuitive.

I love Atom.


Posted by Jeff Reifman

Jeff is a technology consultant based in the Pacific Northwest.


  1. what version you are using?

    I am using atom v1.21.11 and Shift + Ctrl + Arrows to Select the block is not working. it only select whole block but not every line of the block.


    1. Try using Ctrl+Alt and then highlight each line on Windows. Atom multi line selection is a bit weird for me compared to Notepad++ (where I can just draw a square with my mouse) but it works using that method


  2. On Linux (Ubuntu 17.10) the shortcut is Shift + Alt + Arrows instead of Ctrl. I’d assume the same for Windows, but I’m not going to say for sure.


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