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Selecting text

Most commands and operations in Atlantis are performed on selected text (or just a selection). A selection is highlighted in the document window with a special color:

Atlantis offers various ways for selecting text using the keyboard and mouse.

Selecting text with the keyboard

Atlantis offers a set of keyboard shortcuts for cursor movement. If you press and hold the Shift key when using those keyboard shortcuts, the document fragment enclosed between the previous cursor location and a new one gets included in the selection (or simply gets selected).

For example, the Ctrl moves the cursor one word right. But the CtrlShift keys expand the selection one word right.

You can also use the following hot keys to select text:

  • CtrlKT This is a compound hot key.

    Compound hot keys are multistep hot keys.

    Let's take CtrlShiftKU as an example. You must:

    1. Hold the Ctrl and Shift keys pressed,

    2. Press and release the K key,

    3. Press and release the U key,

    4. Finally release the Ctrl and Shift keys.
    selects the current word.
  • CtrlKL This is a compound hot key.

    Compound hot keys are multistep hot keys.

    Let's take CtrlShiftKU as an example. You must:

    1. Hold the Ctrl and Shift keys pressed,

    2. Press and release the K key,

    3. Press and release the U key,

    4. Finally release the Ctrl and Shift keys.
    selects the current line.
  • CtrlKE This is a compound hot key.

    Compound hot keys are multistep hot keys.

    Let's take CtrlShiftKU as an example. You must:

    1. Hold the Ctrl and Shift keys pressed,

    2. Press and release the K key,

    3. Press and release the U key,

    4. Finally release the Ctrl and Shift keys.
    selects the current sentence.
  • CtrlKP This is a compound hot key.

    Compound hot keys are multistep hot keys.

    Let's take CtrlShiftKU as an example. You must:

    1. Hold the Ctrl and Shift keys pressed,

    2. Press and release the K key,

    3. Press and release the U key,

    4. Finally release the Ctrl and Shift keys.
    selects the current paragraph.
  • CtrlKG This is a compound hot key.

    Compound hot keys are multistep hot keys.

    Let's take CtrlShiftKU as an example. You must:

    1. Hold the Ctrl and Shift keys pressed,

    2. Press and release the K key,

    3. Press and release the U key,

    4. Finally release the Ctrl and Shift keys.
    selects the current page.
  • CtrlA selects the whole document.

Selecting text with the mouse

To select a document fragment between two cursor locations with the mouse, click one of those locations but do not release the left mouse button. Then drag the mouse to another cursor location, and release the left mouse button.

Atlantis also offers many additional ways to make a selection in a document with the mouse:

  • You can select a word by double-clicking it.
  • You can select a line of text by placing the mouse cursor to the left of the line and clicking the left mouse button.
  • You can select a sentence by holding down the Ctrl key and giving the sentence a left click.
  • You can select a paragraph by placing the mouse cursor to the left of the paragraph and double-clicking.
  • You can select a paragraph by triple-clicking any of its words.
  • You can select a whole document by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking its left margin.
  • You can select a whole document by triple-clicking its left margin.
  • You can select several sentences with the mouse. Hold down the Ctrl key, aim the mouse cursor at the start of the intended selection, press and hold the left mouse button, then move the mouse pointer over the text you want to select. Release the mouse button and Ctrl key when the selection is complete.
  • You can select several whole paragraphs with the mouse. Double-click the first paragraph left margin but do not release the left mouse button after the second click. Move the mouse pointer over the text you want to select. Release the mouse button when the selection is complete.
  • You can select several whole paragraphs with the mouse. Triple-click any word of the first paragraph but do not release the left mouse button after the third click. Move the mouse pointer over the text you want to select. Release the mouse button when the selection is complete.
  • You can select a large fragment of a document. Click the start of the intended selection. Hold down the Shift key, position the mouse cursor at the end of the selection, then click the left mouse button.
  • You can select a picture by clicking it.

You can also select several non-consecutive fragments in a document (a so called multiple selection) and column blocks.

Tips

  • When you select text with the mouse, and the Select whole words automatically option (the Tools | Options... command, Edit tab) is on, Atlantis will expand the selection by whole words regarding whether you have fully captured with the mouse all the words of the selected fragment. So you simply have to drag the mouse pointer over any point of a particular word to completely select it.
    If this option is off, Atlantis always selects text with the mouse "character by character".

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