SQL SERVER Management Studio – ALT Keys Trick to Select Vertical Text

As wise ones say, there are always multiple solutions to one problem, today we will see the alternative trick to select vertical text in SQL Server Management Studio which I discussed earlier here: SQL SERVER Management Studio – ALT + SHIFT Keys Trick to Select Vertical Text.

In the previous blog posts, I discussed that we can select the vertical text in SSMS using  ALT + SHIFT keys.

Lots of users said, I really do not need ALT + SHIFT combo. We can do the same with the help of only the ALT keyword as well. Well, I had no idea about it and I just tried it out and it did work. I am super impressed.

After this, I tried this one out with notepad++ as the previous trick worked for it as well. To my surprise, it also worked with notepad++ and few other editors as well. I am very glad about this new learning as this will save me thousands of keyboard stocks every year.

If you know any such trick, please send me an email and I will be happy to post on the blog with the due credit to you.

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  • Shantilal Suthar
    October 16, 2019 2:44 pm

    Hi,

    The above trick works when you hold the ALT key and then highlight the text with the mouse cursor.

    However by trying this trick I found one more interesting thing:

    If you hold the ALT key and press the Up arrow key then the current line will be swapped with the upper line.
    Similarly if you hold the ALT key and press the Down arrow key then the current line will be swapped with the line which is below the current line.

    Give it a try on SSMS.

    Thanks.

    Reply
  • Terry Stoneberg
    October 28, 2020 7:05 pm

    Believe it or not block selections with Alt drag has been available in Word since Word 1 in the 90s. I don’t know for sure when it was adopted in Windows in such a way that it becomes available in most windows editors. But I’m so glad to see it has made it into SSMS and many other Windows editors. You should also know that in SSMS you can block select copy and block select paste to do some interesting and very powerful things, One that I end up using almost daily goes like this:

    Block select:
    x
    y
    z

    Copy

    Block select the table names from the lines below

    SELECT * FROM a ORDER BY 1
    SELECT * FROM b ORDER BY 1
    SELECT * FROM c ORDER BY 1

    Paste and you get

    SELECT * FROM x ORDER BY 1
    SELECT * FROM y ORDER BY 1
    SELECT * FROM z ORDER BY 1

    Now a great frustration for me involves the comment before mine. Previously you could use shift alt up/down arrows to make a block selection with keyboard alone. In the most recent version of SSMS I can no longer do that. Now it moves lines as he suggests. I’ve gone to Tools/Options/Keyboard to reassign those shortcuts but nothing I’ve tried has returned the Shift-Alt arrowkey method of creating a block selection.

    Reply

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