In terminal emulators like GNOME terminal, I can hold the control key and use my mouse to select a block of text. Doing the same in Konsole has no effect -- the mouse simply selects one character after another, to the end of each line, wrapping around, as if I were using GNOME terminal and selecting text without holding the control key.

How can I block select text in Konsole?

  • In the unlikely event that someone arrives here wondering why block selects don't work for them in konsole or GNOME terminal in e.g. VirtualBox running under macos: it should work if you disable mouse integration. Macos interprets Ctrl-click as a right-click.
    – sneep
    Jul 14 at 7:05

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Does Ctrl+Alt work?

Found it mentioned in a bug tracker, but I can't test it myself as I don't use KDE.

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    Doesn't work with tmux though
    – baldrs
    Sep 12, 2017 at 10:44
  • yup , it works in konsole ! thanks !
    – neofutur
    Sep 16, 2022 at 7:52

I can confirm that Ctrl+Alt works (and yes, even in tmux).

(but I'm pretty sure you figured it out by yourself 6 years ago)

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