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Selecting text is pretty much the same in both Windows & Linux (it is a function of the OS rather than LO):-

  1. Place the cursor at the beginning of the block of text that you are going to select.
  2. Press & hold down the Shift key
  3. Click at the end of the block of text that you wish to select (or, use the arrow keys for single characters and/or lines) (or, also hold down the Ctrl key and press the right or left key to move a word at a time) LO will highlight the text to show that it is selected.

I have never successfully selected more than one block of text at a time.

Checking the Help for using the f8 key, it says:-

Selection Mode

Here you can switch between different selection modes. When you click in the field, a popup menu comes up with the available options:

Thus it is talking about text fields rather than a block of 'normal' text.

If this helps then please tick the answer (✔).

Thanks for giving a URL for the docs that you were quoting. I tried it on a block of text in an existing doc. Having selected some text & pressed Shift+f8, as soon as I used any arrow key to move the cursor the previously-selected text was de-selected. Also, zero notification of any change in state after pressing the keys.

That PDF is marked as applying to LO 4.0. Clearly, between then & 4.4.4.3 some developer has taken the unilateral decision to remove that coding. That is the wonder of OpenSource.

It is called "Multiple Selection mode". I can find zero reference to it in the current help re: writer.

What follows is my original answer:

Selecting text is pretty much the same in both Windows & Linux (it is a function of the OS rather than LO):-

  1. Place the cursor at the beginning of the block of text that you are going to select.
  2. Press & hold down the Shift key
  3. Click at the end of the block of text that you wish to select (or, use the arrow keys for single characters and/or lines) (or, also hold down the Ctrl key and press the right or left key to move a word at a time) LO will highlight the text to show that it is selected.

I have never successfully selected more than one block of text at a time.

Checking the Help for using the f8 key, it says:-

Selection Mode

Here you can switch between different selection modes. When you click in the field, a popup menu comes up with the available options:

Thus it is talking about text fields rather than a block of 'normal' text.

If this helps then please tick the answer (✔).