Curious if we have any seasoned keyboard lovers here that
suffer this same issue, or better, have solved it! I believe the
issue to be flash though, and a glitch that needs patching, as it
happens on multiple systems for me.
In Windows, in every text entry known to mankind, if your
cursor is at the beginning of a line and you hold shift and press
the down arrow, it selects that whole line. It's a way of selecting
all whitespace at the beginning and end as well as the CRLF. It's
very useful in duplicating whole lines of text because it copies
CRLF (carriage return line feed). Just using your mouse to select a
line of text does not usually copy CRLF, and thus you can't paste
it. Nor does shift-end or shift-right arrowing to select text. It's
just shift + down arrow that also copies CRLF. If you dont copy
CRLF, then you need to press enter after every line you paste.
So my problem? Flash does not have this behaviour (in windows
F8 Pro or CS3 Pro). Flash
additionally selects whitespace on the following line (next
line down). So you get the whole current line, AND the spaces and
tabs on the next line.
This is a glitch. No other program does this. This is
Why does this matter? Because code is indented. This means
every time I try to copy some lines of code to re-arrange some
lines (thousands of times a month), it also selects the indentation
of the code on the line below my selection. So when I cut the code
(CTRL+X), it cuts the indentation of that line and I continually
need to fix it. By fixing it, I mean I need to correct the extra
whitespace selection before I even cut the code. I gotta hold shift
and slap the left arrow key to reduce my selection of the
whitespace before I cut.
This one stupid quirk of flash has been annoying me for
months.. So I really need to know.. Does this happen to everyone
else also? Does everyone else use the mouse to copy code? Am I
alone here? Or is this just happening to me?
Quick way to test it is just to open
any text editor you have. Any at all. Notepad, C# studio,
wordpad, dreamweaver, who cares, a web form, yada... Anything!
Hell, do it in the quick reply field on this page!! And then put
your cursor at the beginning of any line, hold shift and press your
down arrow. Notice it select the line, but nothing more.
Now do it in flash. Notice it wraps the selection to the next
Why the hell did this get past beta testing for over a year
Notice the extra whitespace selected on the next line up to
the brace? Does that happen for you?
This happens for me on 3 different workstations here. Old
Win2K SP4 Pro box with Flash 8. WinXP Pro (32bit) with Flash CS3.
Vista Ultimate (64bit) with Flash CS3. So this can't be happening
to me alone.