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No so, Mr. smarty pants. ;-)
Authored by: Blah on Nov 03, '05 11:48:18AM

I don't have a Tiger box here in front of me to test, but I can tell you that in TextEdit v1.3 on 10.3.9 (and TextWrangler, since I have it open) the instant you press down on the mouse button, even with the command key pressed, the currently selected text is deselected. That has been the default text selection behavior for over 20 years. Has Tiger changed this basic behavior?

Word has had various niceties like this for years if you know the magic modifier keys. But how many Mac folks are regular users of Word?

This is a great tip, even though it's quite simple.



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Oh, yeah
Authored by: hamarkus on Nov 03, '05 01:39:35PM

Three basic steps in learning how to use computers:
1) How do I select?
click, hold and drag
2) Now, how do I select the next item without deselecting the first?
press shift while selecting additional items
3) But how do I select something that is not adjacent to my first selection?
Press crtl/cmd while selecting additional non-adjacent items

Unfortunately, this last method has, historically, long been considered as an advanced feature and has only slowly crept into OSs and programs, and was even touted as a great new feature in software revisions. Even nowadays it is not implemented everywhere (in order not to confuse people or because of lazyness?).

This hint could have been about announcing a new feature in Word 2004 (even though I thought this feature existed already prior to Office 2004).



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