How can you select nonconsecutive text and then copy on the Mac.?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Susanf0606, May 3, 2015.

  1. Susanf0606 macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2015
    I need to be able to select key words from documents and paste into a comment section. I am sure there is a way to do it, but I am just moving from PC to MAC and can't figure it out. Thanks!
  2. Argiolus macrumors newbie


    Oct 25, 2013
    Try this…

    Select the first item you want to copy as normal. Then select a second word or section while holding down both the Command and Shift keys. Keep holding these keys as you select more items. When you have everything you want selected, just copy and then paste into your target document.
  3. BuleepMan macrumors member


    Jun 5, 2008
    San Diego
    Which software?

    I am curious which software can you do this in? I have just tried to select nonconsecutive text in Firefox, Pages and TextWrangler and I could not select nonconsecutive text using your method but could in TextEdit. I don't have MS Word anymore but I know I have done it previously with that software. I believe selecting nonconsecutive text is a product of individual software programs rather than Macs in general. Pages used to be able to do it and since they upgraded the program, you no longer can. Upgraded? Hmm. Which program are you using?
  4. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030


    Nov 8, 2014
    Land of Flanders and Elsewhere
    If I understood you correctly, you might need this app:
    (It has an unlimited free trial).
  5. Argiolus macrumors newbie


    Oct 25, 2013
    You are no doubt right…

    I use TextEdit a lot for plain text notes synced with Dropbox and I had used this method occasionally. So I put it up as a suggestion, but haven't tested it in other apps. I thought it could possibly work in the OP's case, so worth a try! It doesn't work as I am typing this in Safari.

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