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The basic way to select a piece of text is to extend the selection with the mouse cursor. WebStorm, as a keyboard-centric IDE, suggests to use navigation keys to make selections. You can opt to select pieces of text by lines, or select rectangular fragments in the column mode, extend and shrink the selection, and use sticky selection.

In this section:

To select the entire text in the current editor tab, do one of the following
  • On the main menu, choose Edit | Select All.
  • Press Ctrl+ACtrl+ACtrl+ACtrl+ACtrl+X, HCtrl+ACtrl+ACtrl+ACommand ACommand ACommand A.
To select text with navigation keys, use one of the following shortcuts
  • Ctrl+Shift+LeftCtrl+Shift+LeftCtrl+Shift+LeftCtrl+Shift+LeftCtrl+Shift+LeftCtrl+Shift+LeftCtrl+Shift+LeftShift+Alt+Left or Ctrl+Shift+LeftShift Alt LeftShift Alt LeftShift Alt Left, Ctrl+Shift+RightCtrl+Shift+RightCtrl+Shift+RightCtrl+Shift+RightCtrl+Shift+RightCtrl+Shift+RightCtrl+Shift+RightShift+Alt+Right or Ctrl+Shift+RightShift Alt RightShift Alt RightShift Alt Right to select text from the caret position to the beginning/end of the current word.
  • Ctrl+Shift+Page UpCtrl+Shift+Page UpCtrl+Shift+Page UpCtrl+Shift+Page UpCtrl+Shift+Page UpCtrl+Shift+Page UpCtrl+Shift+Page UpCtrl+Shift+Page UpShift Command Page UpShift Command Page UpShift Command Page Up, Ctrl+Shift+Page DownCtrl+Shift+Page DownCtrl+Shift+Page DownCtrl+Shift+Page DownCtrl+Shift+Page DownCtrl+Shift+Page DownCtrl+Shift+Page DownCtrl+Shift+Page DownShift Command Page DownShift Command Page DownShift Command Page Down to select text from the caret position to the top/bottom of the screen.
To extend selection from the word at the caret to the piece of code the caret is contained in, use the following shortcuts
  • Press Ctrl+WCtrl+WCtrl+WCtrl+WCtrl+Alt+WCtrl+WShift+Alt+PeriodShift+Alt+UpAlt UpCommand WControl Shift Up to select the word where the caret is currently located.
  • Press Ctrl+WCtrl+WCtrl+WCtrl+WCtrl+Alt+WCtrl+WShift+Alt+PeriodShift+Alt+UpAlt UpCommand WControl Shift Up successively to extend selection to the next containing node (for example, an expression, a paired tag, an entire conditional block, a method body, a class, a group of vararg arguments, etc.)

    Note

    While extending selection, keep in mind the following:

    • Pressing Ctrl+WCtrl+WCtrl+WCtrl+WCtrl+Alt+WCtrl+WShift+Alt+PeriodShift+Alt+UpAlt UpCommand WControl Shift Up successively in plain text or comments extends the selection first to the current sentence, then to the current paragraph.
  • Press Ctrl+Shift+WCtrl+Shift+WCtrl+Shift+WCtrl+Shift+WCtrl+Shift+WCtrl+Shift+WShift+Alt+CommaShift+Alt+DownAlt DownShift Command WControl Shift Down to shrink selection in the reverse order (from the outermost container to the word where the caret currently resides).

    Tip

    The selection extends or shrinks according to capitalization, if the Use "CamelHumps" words is enabled on the Editor. Smart Keys settings page.

    If you want to make selection according to capitalization, using double-click, make sure that the option Honor CamelHumps words... is selected on the Editor settings page.

To toggle between the line and the column selection modes, do one of the following
  • On the main menu, choose Edit | Column Selection Mode.
  • On the context menu of the editor, choose Column Selection Mode.
  • Press Shift+Alt+InsertShift+Alt+InsertShift+Alt+InsertShift+Alt+InsertShift+Alt+InsertShift+Alt+InsertShift+Alt+InsertShift+Alt+InsertShift Command 8Shift Command NumPad *Shift Command 8.
  • Keeping the middle mouse button pressed, drag the mouse.
To make selection in the column selection mode
  • Keeping the Alt key pressed, drag your mouse pointer to select the desired area.
  • Keeping the middle mouse button pressed, drag your mouse pointer to select the desired area.
To use smart expression selection

When you perform various code refactorings that involve selecting an expression , WebStorm can help you select the expression of interest. This feature is known as smart expression selection.

The procedure for the Introduce Variable refactoring is just an example. The smart expression selection feature, in fact, is available in all the refactorings that start with selecting an expression.

  1. Place the cursor before or within the expression.

    ws_php_storm_introduceVariableJSSmartSelectExpressionStart.png

  2. Choose Refactor | Extract Variable from the main or the context menu, or press Ctrl+Alt+VCtrl+Alt+VShift+Alt+VCtrl+Alt+VCtrl+Alt+VCtrl+Alt+VShift+Alt+VShift+Alt+L or Ctrl+Alt+VAlt Command VAlt Command VAlt Command L.
  3. In the Expressions pop-up menu, select the expression. To do that, click the required expression. Alternatively, use the Up and Down arrow keys to navigate to the expression of interest, and then press EnterEnterEnterEnterEnterEnterEnterEnterEnterEnterEnter to select it.

    ws_php_storm_introduceVariableJSSmartSelectExpression.png

To toggle sticky selection, do one of the following
  • Press Ctrl+Shift+ACtrl+Shift+ACtrl+Shift+ACtrl+Shift+ACtrl+Shift+ACtrl+Shift+ACtrl+ICtrl+Shift+AShift Command AShift Command ACommand 3, in the pop-up frame type sticky, and choose Toggle Sticky Selection from the suggestion list:

    sticky_selection

  • In the Emacs keymap, use keyboard shortcut Ctrl+SpaceCtrl+SpaceCtrl+SpaceCtrl+SpaceAlt+SlashCtrl+SpaceCtrl+Space or Ctrl+Back SlashCtrl+SpaceControl SpaceControl SpaceControl Space.

Tip

When sticky selection is on, you can turn it off by invoking copy or cut, or by toggling it again.

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