Shift+arrow keys. Follow
How do I get shift+arrow keys to work the way it works in every other application on the planet? when I hold shift and press the up key I want the cursor to go up and highlight a line. when I press shift and the right key I want it to highlight a single character, just like it does everywhere else.
I have probably made things worse by googling solutions and changing random options that don't work.
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"shift+arrow keys" works for me exactly how you expect it to work. It is default shortcut, please see https://www.jetbrains.com/help/pycharm/basic-editing.html?keymap=secondary_default_for_windows
What Keymap is set in your IDE https://www.jetbrains.com/help/pycharm/settings-keymap.html?
Please try to find Action by Shortcut and see what is assigned on ⇧↑ ? Aldo, It is worth trying to reset settings to default or assing "Up/Down with Selection" manually.
For posterity, I ran into this today and had accidentally enabled Column Selection Mode. You can see the key mapping in Keymap under Editor > Column Selection Mode (default Alt+Shift+Ins).