I believe that column select (vertical select) is alt+drag on Windows, but can't find how to do it on Linux.

  • Have you checked in the Default Keyboard Shortcuts within Visual Studio Code? – rrirower Nov 8 '16 at 18:18
  • I see things like this cursorColumnSelectLeft, but no general or mouse select key – Richard Nov 9 '16 at 7:03

Seems that there isn't such feature in visual studio code.
But there's a feature called multiple cursors which is supposedly more powerful than column selection. so here's how to use it:

  • ctrl+alt+up/down to create multiple cursors.

  • hold shift then use left/right to select text block.

ref: https://github.com/Microsoft/vscode/issues/1515

  • Actually you press ctrl+alt+shift+up/down to create multiple cursor first, then press left/right for text block selection – svassr Feb 15 '17 at 15:49

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