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Same as this question, but for OSX.

In short: how to I enter rectangular selection mode on OSX?

I see a button for doing this with the standard useless "text editor" that is default with eclipse, but not with the "javascript editor" which I use 99% of the time.

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Press Command-Option-A or click the Toggle Block Selection Mode button in the toolbar.

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It looks different from Cocoa native block selection:

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command+option+a does not work for me.. – erikvold Jul 16 '12 at 15:53
also I don't see that button.. – erikvold Jul 16 '12 at 15:53
@erikvold What version and variant of Eclipse are you using? – Daniel Beck Jul 16 '12 at 18:36
I am using Version: 4.2.0 – erikvold Jul 17 '12 at 16:27
@erikvold Cannot reproduce the problem. Did you maybe just open a perspective that does not include this in the toolbar? Do you have an editor open (only then are these text editing buttons displayed)? Have you tried to create a new workspace to see if you just messed up your configuration? Please provide more relevant information... – Daniel Beck Jul 17 '12 at 18:20

As Daniel said press Cmd + Option + A. If the button is not showing in the toolbar you can activate it with:

  • Window->Customize perspective
  • Command Groups Availability
  • enable the Editor Presentation group.
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You can hold down Option while selecting, your cursor should change into a plus sign, then you can select rectangularly. This works in nearly any application, by the way.

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It doesn't even work in Safari multi-line form fields. The chance it works in a Java cross-platform application is even worse. – Daniel Beck Feb 2 '11 at 8:17
It doesn't work in Eclipse.. – Lipis Apr 4 '11 at 15:55
this doesn't work for me – erikvold Jul 16 '12 at 15:53

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