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Text selection with shift and arrow keys only expands selection

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Jul 09, 2020

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Hey everyone,

I recently updated to 2020 and if I select text using shift + an arrow key, it will only expand the selection instead of letting me shrink it. For instance, I'll often hold shift and hit the down key a couple times to select a several lines of text, and while still holding the shift key, hit the left arrow to unselect bits until I have what I need. Now when I do this, hitting the left arrow expands the beginning of the selection instead of unselecting from the end of the selection.

 

I looked around and it seems like this functionality used to exist if you unpressed shift and repressed it before pressing the left arrow. I didn't find anything else about this nor see a setting that looked like it dealt with this. Anyone have any ideas?

 

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Bryan

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Text selection with shift and arrow keys only expands selection

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Hey everyone,

I recently updated to 2020 and if I select text using shift + an arrow key, it will only expand the selection instead of letting me shrink it. For instance, I'll often hold shift and hit the down key a couple times to select a several lines of text, and while still holding the shift key, hit the left arrow to unselect bits until I have what I need. Now when I do this, hitting the left arrow expands the beginning of the selection instead of unselecting from the end of the selection.

 

I looked around and it seems like this functionality used to exist if you unpressed shift and repressed it before pressing the left arrow. I didn't find anything else about this nor see a setting that looked like it dealt with this. Anyone have any ideas?

 

Thanks!
Bryan

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 09, 2020

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Using InDesign 15.1.1 on a Mac and it behaves as expected for me. I double-clicked to select some text then used htedown arrow to extend the selection. I was able to use the left are right arrows to shrink and expand my selection.

 

What OS are you using? Have you tested this with new and existing files? Have you tried deleting preferences?

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I'm on 15.1.1 on OSX. It happens in the existing document I'm currently working on as well as a brand new one.
When you said it worked as expected, pressing the left arrow shrinks the selection instead of expanding it?

I've created a quick screenshot showing expected vs actual behavior in case what I'm asking is a little confusing.


Screen-Shot-2020-07-09-at-2.06.17-PM.png

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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I understood your first post. Text selection is as in your Expected image.

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Jul 20, 2020

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Hi there,

 

I'm hoping that the issue is resolved for you. 

If the above-mentioned solution or suggestion helped, please mark it correct.

If not, do let us know so that we can assist you further.

 

Regards,

Sheena

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