Sublime Text is brim-full of editing features. This topic just scratches the surface of what's possible.

# Multiple Selections

Multiple selections let you make sweeping changes to your text efficiently. Any praise about multiple selections is an understatement. This is why:

Select some text and press Ctrl D to add more instances. If you want to skip the current instance, press Ctrl K, Ctrl D.

If you go too far, press Ctrl U to deselect the current instance.

# Transforming Multiple Selections into Lines

Ctrl L expands the selections to the end of the line. Ctrl  L splits the selections into lines.

You can copy multiple selected lines to a separate buffer, edit them there, select the content again as multiple lines and then paste them back into place in the first buffer.

# Column Selection

You can select a rectangular area of a file. Column selection makes use of multiple selections.

It's possible to add blocks of text to or remove them from the selection.

# Using the Mouse

Windows & Linux

Description Shortcut
Select Block + Right Mouse Button
Add to Selection Ctrl  + Right Mouse Button
Remove from Selection Alt  + Right Mouse Button


Description Shortcut
Select Block + Left Mouse Button
Add to Selection   + Left Mouse Button
Remove from Selection    + Left Mouse Button

# Using the Keyboard

System Shortcut
Windows Ctrl Alt  and Ctrl Alt 
Linux Alt   and Alt  
macOS Ctrl   and Ctrl  

# Other Ways of Selecting Text

The list is long; all available options can be found under Selection. To name a few:

  • Select subwords (Alt   and Alt  )
  • Expand selection to brackets (Ctrl  M)
  • Expand selection to indentation (Ctrl  J)
  • Expand selection to scope (Ctrl  )

# Transposing Things

Need to swap two letters or, better yet, two words? Experiment with Ctrl T.

# Arithmetic

Need to create a series of numbers? Try Ctrl  P and "Arithmetic".

Best used when having multiple selections.

Expression Selection Result
1+i 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, ...
30+(i%3) 30, 31, 32, 30, 31, 32, ...
(x*2)+i 10, 20, 30 20, 41, 62
math.ceil(x) 0.25, 2.25 1, 3
len(s) house, tree 5, 4
format(s, '^10') fish '   fish   ' (centered string)

You can use the following variables:

  • i being the index of the selection
  • x being the selected number
  • s being the selected string

As you can see above you can even use a certain set of built-in python functions:

# And much, much more...

The Edit, Selection, Find and Goto menus are good places to look for handy editing tools. You might end up using just a few of them, but the rest will still be there for when you need them.

Last Updated: 8/13/2023, 11:22:07 PM