Shift click to select some text should not deselect..

Hey everyone,

I'm fairly new to IntelliJ, using it for a few weeks now. There is one thing that kind of bothers me, so
I was just wondering if anyone else has this issue and whether this is by design or just a bug..

Its about selecting text in the editor.

Im used to select some text by putting the mouse cursor at the beginning of the thing I would
like to select, then hold shift and put the mouse cursor at the end of the thing I would like to select..
But oops I made a mistake, that last word is not supposed to be selected.. so I click halfway
the selection, expecting it to deselect the last part and keep the selection from the begin point
to the point of click.. like it works in every windows application (for example notepad and eclipse)..
but instead, it deselects my entire selection.

I think this behaviour is annoying.. any comments?

Oh one more thing, you don't have to point out the wonderfull key shortcuts to select and deselect
stuff, I know about them and use them most of the time, but sometimes the mouse is just more
convenient..

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I agree.

I made the same point shortly after I began using IDEA in late 2006. There are other sub-optimal aspects of text editing. E.g., CTRL-<Arrow> and CTRL+SHIFT-<Arrow> don't stop at both (left and right) word boundaries, only at the left ones.

As good as IDEA is at analyzing and manipulating programs based on their structure and the programming language's semantics, it's modest in its ability to perform good raw text editing. I use Vim or jEdit for that (jEdit's multi-file batch editing is fantastic).


Randall Schulz

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Hello Bas,

I've filed a YouTrack issue for this problem: http://youtrack.jetbrains.net/issue/IDEA-55388

Hey everyone,

I'm fairly new to IntelliJ, using it for a few weeks now. There is one
thing that kind of bothers me, so

I was just wondering if anyone else has this issue and whether this is
by design or just a bug..

Its about selecting text in the editor.

Im used to select some text by putting the mouse cursor at the
beginning of the thing I would

like to select, then hold shift and put the mouse cursor at the end of
the thing I would like to select..

But oops I made a mistake, that last word is not supposed to be
selected.. so I click halfway

the selection, expecting it to deselect the last part and keep the
selection from the begin point

to the point of click.. like it works in every windows application
(for example notepad and eclipse)..

but instead, it deselects my entire selection.

I think this behaviour is annoying.. any comments?

Oh one more thing, you don't have to point out the wonderfull key
shortcuts to select and deselect stuff, I know about them and use them
most of the time, but sometimes the mouse is just more convenient..

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