word processor history -- interesting article (Evan Koblentz)

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Thu Jul 7 19:28:48 CDT 2016

On 7 July 2016 at 20:31, Rod Smallwood <rodsmallwood52 at btinternet.com> wrote:
> Try highlighting a word with shift and right arrow, then ctrlC.
> Now move in your email  and type crtlV.
> Yes Wordstar keyboard commands are alive and well.

Nope. Sorry. Those aren't WordStar commands.

They are CUA commands, adopted by more or less all GUIs. They're from
the IBM CUA project, part of the SAA plan.


WordStar commands for that operation would be:

Mark beginning of block: ^K B
Mark end of block: ^K K

(WordStar did not allow block selection with the cursor keys.)

Then, use the cursor keys or  to your destination position.

Then, to copy:

^K C

Or to move:

^K V

Here's a reference:


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