I'm trying to diff two text file logs and I'd like to remove the date/time from both files. This always appears in the same place on the left hand side of each line, as below:

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I was wondering is there a way to click and drag select all the dates from top to bottom so I can delete them?

  • What editor are you talking about?
    – slhck
    Jun 12, 2014 at 11:56

1 Answer 1


Depending on which text editor you are using, holding down Alt while attempting to make the selection will allow you to select vertically.

Unfortunately, support for this is rather inconsistent, but a couple of examples of places it works (at least on Windows, where I can test it) are Notepad++ and Microsoft Word. Notepad (the default text editor in Windows) does not support this functionality unfortunately (which I believe you are using, based on the screenshot).

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