There is no command to select a column in entire file. The column mode is usually used (by programmers using UltraEdit) just with a small rectangular selection created by first enabling column mode with Alt+C
and then pressing and holding left mouse button while moving mouse pointer (cursor) or pressing and holding key Shift
while moving the caret (text cursor) with the caret moving keys. It is also possible to press and hold key Alt
and press and hold left mouse button while moving mouse pointer (cursor) to make a rectangular selection even if column mode is not yet enabled (quick column mode selection).
There is the command Select range
in popup menu of first item Select
on ribbon tab Edit
. This command is often used to make a large rectangular selection. The end line number can be also much greater than the number of lines the file currently has. For that reason this command can be used to quickly create a rectangular selection for the entire file with 0 to n columns selected.
But I use for selecting 0 to n columns in entire file a different method. I press Ctrl+Home
to move caret to top of the file and Alt+C
to enable the column mode. I next move caret with key Right Arrow
and Ctrl+Right Arrow
to the column on which the column(s) selection should start. Then I press Ctrl+Shift+End
and keep holding Shift
while pressing key Up Arrow
(last line in file has a line termination) and moving the caret to right or left with Right Arrow
and Ctrl+Right Arrow
or Left Arrow
and Ctrl+Left Arrow
. That is a quite quick method to select 0 or more columns in all lines of a file if the file has not thousands of columns.
Please note that there are the column commands:
- Insert/fill columns to insert/fill a string at the current column according to caret position and all lines below or just all selected lines.
- Cut columns to cut one or more columns according to caret position and all lines below or just all selected lines.
- Delete columns to delete one or more columns according to caret position and all lines below or just all selected lines.
There is no command to copy columns. But it is possible to use Cut columns
to get columns copied to clipboard and keep the columns which should just be copied and not cut.
It is of course also possible to make a rectangular selection and use Ctrl+C
as in normal text editing mode. It is also often useful to make a rectangular selection over multiple lines with no column selected (no character selected) and then just type the string to insert in the selected lines at the current position of the caret.
It takes a while to detect all the features UltraEdit has on working with column mode including the different behavior on having additionally overstrike mode enabled whereby the column mode editing behavior with overstrike active can be customized in configuration. I use column mode quite often and I am used to do everything in column mode using only keys for maximum editing efficiency.