Selecting separate portions of text

RMD68

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I understand that if I click the left mouse button and drag the cursor, I can high light that text, but how do I highlight multiple separate line.

In other words, let's say I want to highlight the first line of paragraph one, the third line of paragraph two, and the last line of paragraph three with out highlighting the text in between those lines.

How can I do that? :confused:

Thanks!
 

RMD68

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As far as I know, I have never seen such capabilities with any OS.

Why do you need that capability?
Standardized Test Mock-Exam Practice

Apparently it was available in certain Mac OS programs until Mavericks, so I will see if I can alleviate this problem by using the Windows partition of bootcamp.
 
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Weaselboy

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I understand that if I click the left mouse button and drag the cursor, I can high light that text, but how do I highlight multiple separate line.

In other words, let's say I want to highlight the first line of paragraph one, the third line of paragraph two, and the last line of paragraph three with out highlighting the text in between those lines.

How can I do that? :confused:

Thanks!
OS X will not do that by default, but there are quite a few clipboard add on utilities like this that will allow you to do this by accessing the clipboard history.

So you could clip say three sections one after the other, then access them in the clipboard utility to paste them.
 

RMD68

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OS X will not do that by default, but there are quite a few clipboard add on utilities like this that will allow you to do this by accessing the clipboard history.

So you could clip say three sections one after the other, then access them in the clipboard utility to paste them.
I was actually able to command click multiple text in Firefox for OSX.
 

Shrink

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OS X will not do that by default, but there are quite a few clipboard add on utilities like this that will allow you to do this by accessing the clipboard history.

So you could clip say three sections one after the other, then access them in the clipboard utility to paste them.
Just another suggestion...Jumpcut. Same principle as above.
 

Bruno09

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Sorry if I misunderstood the OP's question, but....

I do think you can do what you want by using the Cmd key.
Highlight the first 2 words ("OS X will"), then hold Cmd down and highlight the others words ("allow you to do this").

Let's take an example :

Cmd + c, then Cmd + v gives :
 
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Sorry if I misunderstood the OP question, but....

I do think you can do what you want by using the Cmd key.
Highlight the first 2 words ("OS X will"), then hold Cmd down and highlight the others words ("allow you to do this").

Let's take an example :
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Cmd + c, then Cmd + v gives :
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Thanks.
I only tried it in a reading application and not editing application, thus my assumption.

Cool new trick, even after ten years.
 

chown33

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The other fun one is rectangular text selection.

To do that in TextEdit (and probably many others), hold down the OPTION key and then click and drag. The selection area will be a rectangle. (The cursor will switch to a crosshair, too. Probably. Maybe. Depends on OS version.)

You can do both (discontiguous and rectangular) by holding down both CMD and OPTION.

This may or may not work in web browsers.