Rectangular Selection adds a Textadept key mode which, when active, alters the standard selection/navigation keys to use rectangular selection, or column mode, rather than the default stream mode for selection. Therefore, it is not necessary to hold down the <Alt> key to make a rectangular selection. When in column mode, a rectangular selection is made simply by holding down the <Shift> key while navigating, rather than the combination of <Shift> + <Alt> keys.
Textadept provides many selection/navigation commands for stream selection, but only eight of those commands have a rectangular selection form, which are used by this module. They are: caret up, caret down, caret left, caret right, home, end, page up, and page down.
Rectangular Selection adds a Selection Mode menu item to toggle between stream mode and column mode. It is installed at position seven of the Select menu within the Edit menu by default, but its parent menu and position may be changed by the user. This function is bound to the <CTRL-L> key by default, but may also be changed by the user.
See the NOTES: section near the beginning of the rectangular.lua file for settings you may wish to change.
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