Turn off block selection shortcut

While typing in Writer, I often find that blocks of text are selected unintentionally and then deleted (I type fast, and I am a touch typist). I can undelete when I notice it, but it happens fast, and I sometimes miss it. What key shortcut do I need to turn off to prevent this?


I have the same issue when working in a notebook with an active touchpad: casual hand touch could select text. Usually, touchpad can be deactivated with a combination of Fn an one of the function keys.

Text also can be selected by holding down Shift in combination with the cursor movement keys (Arrow×4, Page Up, Page Down, Home, End) and alternatively with Ctrl.

The shortcut key Ctrl+A will select all text, which seem not be your case.

EDIT: One more thing: Block selection is a feature of Writer, different to Standard selection. See more on Selection Mode.

Tested with LibreOffice (x86); OS: Windows 6.1.

EDIT 2: Holding Shift + touchpad also can select text between the cursor and the pointer.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll try deactivating the touchpad.

What appears to happen is a selection of a sentence or a selection of point to cursor (it’s hard to catch because it only happens when I’m typing fast). I don’t believe a cursor-movement key is involved.

I should have included this:
System: Linux pop-os 5.4.0-7642-generic #46~1598628707~20.04~040157c-Ubuntu
Version:, Build ID: 1:6.4.6-0ubuntu0.20.04.1,

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