How do I select in between characters?

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    Your title says "delete", the body of the questions says "select". Please edit your question and clarify what you mean. – DavidPostill Sep 4 '15 at 20:07
  • Are you wanting to do this throughout an entire document? – DrZoo Sep 4 '15 at 20:10
  • Do you want to delete everything that appears between two slashes? Only if it includes no spaces? Just after the second slash? Only after a number followed by a slash? It's not entirely clear what you want. Providing a few examples and brief explanation of what you'd like to achieve will help you get the most useful answer. – Excellll Sep 4 '15 at 20:13

Double-click the word questions to select only that word - then simply press Delete or Backspace to delete it.

If you want to do it for an entire document, you can use a regular expression to achieve the result you want:

  1. Press Ctrl+ H to bring up the Replace dialog
  2. Enter /.*/1 in the Find what textbox and enter // in the Replace with textbox just below
  3. Select Regular expression under Search Mode. Make sure . matches newline is not checked.

1If your input string contains more than two slashes, you may want to use either /.*?/ or /[^/]+/ instead, depending on which result you want.

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  • I think he is saying he wants to do this multiple times in an entire document. The solution you gave is well....obvious. – DrZoo Sep 4 '15 at 20:11
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    To be safe you should use /.*?/ (non-greedy match) to avoid issues when if the lines contain 3 / characters. – DavidPostill Sep 4 '15 at 21:21
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    Or /[^/]+/ will also accomplish that. – Paul Sep 4 '15 at 21:45
  • Thanks for your inputs, I've updated my answer accordingly. – FastEthernet Sep 4 '15 at 22:54

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