Selection (user interface)

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In computing and user interface engineering, a selection is a list of items on which user operations will take place. The user typically adds items to the list manually, although the computer may create a selection automatically. A precision pointing device (mouse or touchpad and cursor, stylus) or by hand on a touchscreen device is used to enact a selection. The simultaneous selection of a group of items is called a multiple selection.

Context menus will usually include actions related to the objects included in the current selection - the selection provides the "context" for the menu.

Simultaneous editing[edit]

Simultaneous editing is a technique in End-user development research to edit all items in a multiple selection. It allows the user to manipulate all the selected items at once through direct manipulation. The Lapis text editor,[1][2] the multiple selection feature in Sublime Text[3][4] and Mozilla's Firefox developer tools,[5] and the multi edit[6] plugin for gedit are examples of this technique. The Lapis editor can also create an automatic multiple selection based on an example item.

The term simultaneous editing is also used to describe collaborative editing in collaborative real-time editors.


  1. ^ LAPIS: Smart Editing with Text Structure
  2. ^ Lightweight Structured Text Processing
  3. ^ "Features". Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Column selection". 
  5. ^ Heather Arthur and Robert Nyman (May 7, 2014). "Editable box model, multiple selection, Sublime Text keys + much more – Firefox Developer Tools Episode 31". Mozilla. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  6. ^ New gedit plugin: multi edit, and a demo video.