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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Sep 25, 2013

Block selection and single-keystroke navigation between open source members

Prior to RDi 9.0, you could do the following:

- Have two or more members open.

- Select a line to move or copy from one member ? ?to another using Alt+L.

- Optionally use Shift+Up or Shift+Down arrows to highlight a block of code.

- Use Alt+Left or Alt+Right to navigate between members.

- Use Alt+C to copy the highlighted lines between the members.

Now in RDi 9 when you press Alt+arrow key, the selection changes from block-selection to stream-selection and the Alt+M [move] or Alt+C [copy] function does not work.

Use Case:

Change the function back to how it was before or provide a new single-key navigation method to navigate between members without changing the selection mode.

(Note: You can navigate between open members and not change the selection mode by using the mouse, pressing Ctrl+E, or Ctrl+Shift+E. However, these methods are slower and require additional steps to navigate. Adding steps to the process increases the chance of making a mistake.)

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Sep 14, 2015

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Programming Languages
    Product - Developer for Power Systems

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Rational
    Product family - Design & development
    Product - Developer for Power Systems

  • Guest
    Oct 24, 2013

    Thank you for taking the time to explain your issue with our product. This issue would be more easily resolved by opening a Problem Management Record (PMR), since it appears to be a defect or change in behavior in the product from previous releases. For more information on opening a PMR, please see:
    SR tool URL:

  • Guest
    Oct 23, 2013

    This RFE is consistent with our strategy and product roadmap and IBM is continuing to evaluate.

  • Guest
    Oct 7, 2013

    I heartily second this suggestion (and am guessing -- hoping! -- that from the presence of an APAR ID, this is considered a bug rather than a deliberate design decision.

    Re-purposing keyboard shortcuts should be very carefully, and not carelessly, investigated and considered.

  • Guest
    Oct 2, 2013

    I do a lot of program alteration using existing working code from other source members.

    I also have been bitten by this change to navigation/copy in RDi 9.0.x and wish for the return of the function to use Alt+ arrowRight or ALT+arrowLeft to navigate between source members and allow the copy, paste or move functions. This change has reduced my coding efficiency dramatically as I have to take my had off the keyboard to grab the mouse, find the mouse cursor, click on the tab I want to copy to, then position to the proper line. Once all that has been done, then I can use the ALT-C to copy the selected lines.

    I also realize there is a way to do this using the CTL+F6 key combination, and I have been trying that as a work around.