GEdit - can't select text with keyboard

Johnny Rosenberg gurus.knugum at
Sat Feb 13 18:41:21 UTC 2010

I have recently installed Ubuntu 9.10. Before that I had the now very
old Ubuntu 8.10. With Ubuntu 8.10 GEdit 2.24.0 is the default text
editor, in Ubuntu 9.10 it is GEdit 2.28.0. My wife still use GEdit
2.26.1 on Ubuntu 9.04, so I have three different versions to compare
to each other.

I just opened GEdit for the first time since I installed Ubuntu 9.10
and I noticed that I can no longer select text with Shift+→, Shift+←,
Shift+↓ etc. It seems like Shift+→, for example, behaves exactly like
→, that is moving the cursor forwards.

I just asked my wife to test this on her computer (Ubuntu 9.04, GEdit
2.26.1, just like I mentioned above), end Shift+→ works perfectly for

Is this a difference between GEdit 2.28.0 and 2.26.1 or is there a
setting that went wrong in my case?

I can still select text using the mouse, but I find that very inconvenient.


Johnny Rosenberg

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