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Given a highlighted/copied block of columnar text that is on say 10 lines. The objective is to overlay that area on top of a different set of 10 rows.

Well what happens is when you "paste" in Column mode it creates 100 rows - 10 copies of the highlighted text.

How to achieve the simple overlay required here?

Update: I found a mention of using Shift-L or Shift-R. That does take care of making 10 rows instead of 100.

However when pasting, i now get a different issue: which is that maybe 6 to 8 of the lines go exactly as placed, but the others end up pasted somewhere incorrectly in their respective overlay lines. That is happening even though the target area has uniform / equal length lines.

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The first screenshot shows the selected/copied text. Second screenshot shows the "target": notice that some of the cursors are aligned before the stringified date but others are too far to the left or right.

I suspect actually this is a bug in Sublime - does anyone have a workaround?

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can you post an image or something to demonstrate? I'm having a hard time visualizing what's going on... – MattDMo Dec 16 '13 at 1:45
@MattDMo ok there ya go – javadba Dec 16 '13 at 1:48
thanks. Sorry, I got nothing for you right now - I haven't come across this before... – MattDMo Dec 16 '13 at 1:52
up vote 1 down vote accepted

The answer here may well be "for column mode buy Ultredit". I will likely continue to use SublimeText as well.

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