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  • December 21, 2015

Preview: Multicursor Selection in NetBeans IDE (Part 2)

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
In Part 1, I mentioned we're working on multi-cursor selection (also known as "multi caret support"). Now, you too, can try it!

Watch the screencast, a quick 5 minutes, as an introduction:

Go here, as explained above, to try it too:

http://deadlock.netbeans.org/job/NB-for-editor_multi_caret/lastSuccessfulBuild/artifact/dist/zip/

Details:

http://wiki.netbeans.org/EditorPlan82#Multiple_Caret_Editing

This is great work done over a long period by NetBeans engineers Ralph Ruijs and Miloslav Metelka. 

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Comments ( 6 )
  • markiewb Wednesday, December 30, 2015

    Nice work. I am looking forward to test in detail in a more stable build.

    Will be possible to

    * create those multiple selection using keyboard

    * copy and paste?

    * press enter to introduce new lines?

    See

    * https://www.jetbrains.com/idea/help/multicursor.html

    * http://blog.jetbrains.com/idea/2014/03/intellij-idea-13-1-rc-introduces-sublime-text-style-multiple-selections/

    BTW: The right gutter isn't updated, isn't it? That is an issue.


  • guest Wednesday, January 6, 2016

    That is fantastic news! What version do you think it's gonna be available? Can you make a guess?


  • guest Tuesday, March 29, 2016

    This is a great feature. I can see it saving a lot of time for me when I've got, say, 20 "private String..." declarations to make.

    Is there an upper limit to the number of carets allowed?

    Are three or more carets a bunch?


  • Álvaro González Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    Will the "Alt+Shift+Click" short-cut be configurable? I'm so used to the easier Alt+Click used by other editors.

    I also hope that —unlike rectangular selection— it works as expected with line-wrap enabled.

    Whatever, I so appreciate the effort. Thank you very much!


  • guest Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    Really excited to see this coming!

    Just let me share two wishes:

    - Make the Ctrl+Shift+Click short-cut configurable (many of us are used to the simpler Alt+Click alternative used by others programs).

    - Test it with line-wrap enabled and either make it work reliably or disable it entirely.

    The long awaited rectangular selection feature was kind of decaffeinated for overlooking details like this.

    Great work anyway.


  • SubJunk Friday, July 29, 2016

    Hi, the download link for this seems to be broken and I really want this feature, is it still available online anywhere?


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