Selecting Text

Here’s a helpful MacOSX feature that I finally stumbled upon. If you hold option down while selecting text, you can select an arbitrary rectangle, instead of some number of rows. A picture is worth a lot of words:
Column Selection Example
This is great for removing extraneous information from console logs (pictured), or copying just what you want. Unfortunately, it does not work in all applications, including Safari and Terminal. A damn shame, but it works like a charm with Xcode, Console, and TextEdit.

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