Is there text editor which treats letters and unoccupied space as cells and allows to copy any rectangular area to any place? Somewhat like Excel, but with one cell for letter.


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Text editors SynWrite (Windows) and CudaText (cross platform) can do this. In these, you have "column selection mode", Alt+mouse drag. which selects rect block.

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Note: To select also end of lines (where caret cannot go), turn on option "caret_after_end" in CudaText (and "Allow caret after end of line" in SynWrite).

  • Only on lines which already in file, not on new lines, but thanks nevertheless.
    – DSblizzard
    Jun 17, 2016 at 6:56
  • It is for lines already in file, not after end.
    – RProgram
    Jun 17, 2016 at 12:31

Microsoft Visual Studio can do rectangular selection of text when holding down the Alt and Shift keys.

Rectangular selection of text in Visual Studio

Microsoft provides a free community version.


AkelPad and Scintilla-based editors (Geany, Notepad++) also support column mode editing (rectangular selections), activated by Alt + Shift + Arrows or Alt + Mouse selection.

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