Word needs rectangle text manipulations (like emacs)

Word needs rectangle text manipulations (like emacs)

Post by YWx3 » Wed, 05 Apr 2006 23:58:05


Though it is more difficult to accomplish with non-uniformily-spaced
characters, the ability to perform rectangular text operations would be
helpful in Word. A good example of this functionality is in the text editor,
GNU Emacs. Its ability to select, cut, copy, and paste blocks of text
spanning multiple lines and narrower than the page width is a very powerful
feature. This functionality it refers to as manipulating "rectangles". Also
see the function "M-x string-rectangle". I use Word 2003

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Word needs rectangle text manipulations (like emacs)

Post by Greg » Thu, 06 Apr 2006 00:20:23

<Its ability to select, cut, copy, and paste blocks of text
<spanning multiple lines and narrower than the page width <is a very
powerful feature.

Have you ever held down the ALT key while attempting to do this?

Type "selecting text" in Word Help for more information.

 
 
 

Word needs rectangle text manipulations (like emacs)

Post by Jay Freedm » Thu, 06 Apr 2006 00:39:44

That feature has been in Word for a number of releases, although it's harder
to use in Word 2003 because Microsoft made a mistake...

Hold down the Alt key while you drag a rectangle around the text you want to
select. In earlier versions this selection method just worked, no problem.
In Word 2003, Alt+click on text sends the text to the Research task pane, so
you have to be very careful to continue to hold the Alt key through the
entire click-drag-release cycle -- and if you try to drag a rectangle that's
only one character wide, even that caution won't prevent the Research pane
from grabbing the text.

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