How To Block Select Text in Oracle SQL Developer

This drove me nuts for a few minutes, so I figure you might need help too. That probably explains why you had to Google ‘Block Select’ and wound up here.

Here is what you want:

Block selection, works with the keyboard and mouse in SQL Developer

There’s No Trick, But You Do Have to Enable It

The default behavior is to do a normal ‘wrapping’ selection of text. You can disable this under the Edit menu.

By default your selections will ‘wrap’

Selecting Text In Action

Now you see it, now you don’t!