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Column blocks

In Atlantis you can select not only text fragments enclosed between two caret positions in your documents (a classical selection). You can also select so called column blocks.

A column block is a fragment of the document enclosed within a rectangular area:

Column block

To select a column block, hold down the Alt key and select the desired portion of your document with the mouse. After that you could apply different commands to a selected column block (print the selection, place it onto the clipboard, format it with a different font face or style, or color, etc). So in this sense column blocks work as ordinary selection.

But a key difference between a classical selection and a column block is how column blocks are pasted from the clipboard. When you copy a classical selection to the clipboard, then paste it to some location in your document, all the clipboard contents is inserted to the specified location as a whole. But column blocks are pasted from the clipboard differently. Let's suppose that you selected a column block from the above screen capture, and placed it onto the clipboard. Now let's paste the clipboard contents before the first character in our document:

Column block

Now if you press the Ctrl+V key or click the Button image toolbar button, the clipboard contents would not be pasted to the current caret position as a whole. Every line of a column block would be pasted separately into a corresponding line from the target document:

Column block


  • If you have a column of numbers in your document, you can select them as a column block, then press the Alt+= keys or click the Calculate Button image toolbar button to place the sum of the selected numbers onto the clipboard.

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