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Multi Edit Mode


Simultaneously edit in more than one location in the editor If you've ever ran into a case where you wanted to quickly change variable names or multiple loop conditions - you can use this extension to set virtual carets that all behave the same.

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by Shreedhar Kotekar | February 12 2013

This is awesome. Once you get used to it, you wonder why it was built-in in the first place.

Highly recommended

5 Star
by derekerdmann | February 11 2013

Brilliant extension - works perfectly with VsVim too!

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by leekelleher | February 11 2013

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by Andre.Ziegler | February 10 2013

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by Zachary Northrup MSFT | February 10 2013

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by NateClark | February 09 2013

Very helpful. Sometimes a really cool text edit feature is just what you need to make the required changes.

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by Tobias Zürcher | February 08 2013

please merge into VS main branch :)

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by Tarek Ayna - | February 08 2013

Great! Really useful power tool.

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by TomMathias | February 08 2013

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by Zedzedzed | February 08 2013

Very neat. Another tool for the toolbox :-)

5 Star
by HutchCodes | February 08 2013

One problem I noticed, if I select the same position multiple times when I start typing it duplicates the ever key I press at that location. Ideally you'd be able to un-select a location, but even it just ignored the second selection it would help.

Thanks for creating this, It's a 5-star product even with that bug. I'm looking forward to updates.

Ala Shiban February 08 2013
| Edit |

I have plans to address this in an update (remove "duplicate carets" when they intersect.

If you like it, spread the love and share it with friends :)

5 Star
by JPudd | February 08 2013

Very cool tool. Would never have thought of it!


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by Meierotto | February 08 2013

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by jcbarton | February 08 2013

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by Matthew Johnson [MSFT] | February 07 2013

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by Ricardo Corral | February 07 2013

Just brilliant!

Edit - I discovered this tool in Scott Hanselman's blog.

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by cjperry1 | February 07 2013

Wow, this should be functionality built right into VS. Excellent extension!

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by Hassan-LT | February 07 2013

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by Dan Rigby | February 07 2013

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by fuzzzerd | February 07 2013

Very cool. Glad to see it. It is little helper features like this that really add to the total productivity capacity of a product like Visual Studio. Would love to see this baked in to the product.

Would like to see support for Express editions, but that is not the fault of the extension.

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  • Sublime - Ctrl+d
    7 Posts | Last post April 14, 2016
    • Great idea though selecting with the mouse is a bit slow.
      Please take a look at Sublimetext - it's very easy to select with Ctrl+d and split a selection with ctrl+shift+l.
      Could you add something similar?
    • Hey Chris, I'll try getting around to it - I'm planning on open-sourcing my code so people can learn and contribute to it.
    • This!
      I would install this plugin for that feature alone. Saves so much time, i find myself copy pasting stuff over to sublime text just so i can do this.
    • Is something like CTRL+D in Sublime or VS Code possible with this plugin yet? As above this is the number 1 thing I miss when working in Visual Studio. 
    • Is CTRL+D possible yet, like Sublime Text or VS code, with this plugin?  This is the thing I miss most when I have to work in Visual Studio. 
    • laktek,
      Ctrl+Shift+L and Ctrl+D are already in use.
      Ctrl+Alt+L    :    View.SolutionExplorer
      Ctrl+D        :    WindowsAzure.ShowMobileServiceScriptErrorDetails
      Ctrl+D        :    Format.TabOrder
      Ctrl+D        :    Edit.GoToFindCombo
      Reference at:
      With all the shortcuts that are used by Visual Studio plus any extras you might get with tools like ReSharper, how many shortcut are left?
      I can't imagine how difficult it is to come up with new shortcuts.
      We use Ctrl+K,C to comment and Ctrl+K,U to uncomment. But we couldn't use Ctrl+C,K to uncomment because Ctrl+C is in use. I didn't program this and don't know why they couldn't just have Ctrl+K,C do both the commenting and uncommenting.
    • So, will you add this function? It's already in VS Code.
  • Rebind?
    1 Posts | Last post March 19, 2016
    • Is there a way to rebind this to control click instead?  I'm very new to VS
  • Advanced stuff wanted
    1 Posts | Last post February 26, 2016
    • For instance
      mc/insert-numbers: Insert increasing numbers for each cursor, top to bottom.
      mc/insert-letters: Insert increasing letters for each cursor, top to bottom.
  • Multi selection with shift
    1 Posts | Last post November 19, 2014
    • Hi, I need to do partial selection for multiple lines but I couldn't get it to work.
      Here is how I approached it:
      - Alt + click to put multiple cursor on different places in my code.
      - Hold Shift and left or right arrow keys to select part of each line all together but I only get selection for the first line.
      Not sure if I am doing it wrong or there is no support for it yet.
      If it is not implemented yet, it would be really great for productivity to have this feature (just like sublime text)
  • alt drag conflict with default behavior
    4 Posts | Last post September 10, 2013
    • when i alt drag over a couple of lines i have the following problem:
      all my actions are executed twice
      this is probably because visual studio supports the same feature.
      Can anyone confirm this bug?
    • I'm also getting the same bug.
    • I just submitted a patch to fix this
    • I just uploaded a new version with Xavier's fixes
  • Installation issue
    1 Posts | Last post August 02, 2013
    • I'm getting a popup: "The extension manifest is invalid."
      windows 7
      VS 2012 Ultimate Update 3
  • Installation Issue
    1 Posts | Last post August 01, 2013
    • VSIX Installer - Error
      "This extension is already installed to all available products"
      Windows 7
      Visual Studio 2012 Pro Update 3
  • Multiple select?
    1 Posts | Last post July 03, 2013
    • First of all, thanks a lot for your great work on this plugin :)
      In Sublime Text, I can hold Ctrl, select multiple texts, and start typing to overwrite all instances at once. 
      1. Is this possible with MultiEditing plugin? If so, how?
      2. If not, any plans to implement this?
      Thanks again for the awesome plugin :)
  • Upgraded to Windows 8 and now JavaScript files aren't working
    13 Posts | Last post June 29, 2013
    • Great tool Ala!
      I've been using it ever since V1.0 and I love it! But now I got a new computer with Windows 8 on it and now for some reason MultiEditing only works in C# files. Have you had anyone else with this problem? 
      I uninstalled all other extensions to see if that was breaking it and I was still seeing the same behavior. 
    • Mmmm, nop - I can ask around and look into why this might be happening. I just open sourced the code, so you can try and debug it:
    • I can confirm the issue.  I am also having issues on file types other than CS.  JS, CSS, VB files don't seem to work.  I doubt this has anything to do with it, but I'm on Windows 7 x64.  I'm using VS 2012.2.
    • Thanks Ala, I'll take a look at the source and try to figure out what's wrong. If I can find it and fix it, I'll make a pull request.
    • Thanks John! That'll be awesome
    • So a friend of mine had version 1.2 installed and after upgrading to 1.3 the extension stopped working in all files except for C#. So that is the most likely culprit right now.
      I downloaded the source and through the debugger I saw that on the C# text editor was getting the left mouse click events. The other files were however receiving the other commands correctly.
      TBH I'm not 100% sure how the Exec function ties into the text editors events. It seems like everything gets wired up properly except for the left click event.
      Any ideas?
    • Hey John - Didn't have enough time to look into it yet. Keep me posted if you discover something before I do
    • Having same issue as John, only works in C# bits. Any way I can help debug this?
    • Source code is available here:
    • This tool is just what I have been looking for for AGES. Who knows how many hours of tedious nonsense I would have saved myself from if VS had ever had this functionality. Unfortunately, I am also running into the problem where it will only work with C# files. Are there any known tweaks/fixes for this problem yet? I mainly work with C++ and would love to be able to use it with that.
    • I looked into the issue and it seems to be a command routing issue (something is getting before me in processing the events)
      I'm trying to figure out if there's a workaround.
      As for saving time with the functionality - I'd love us to build stuff when their missing. (That's why I posted the source)
      I work on the Editor and we have exciting stuff coming, but in most cases, there'll always be a feature someone needs - and in that case - Build and share <3
      I'll keep trying to figure out a way around the bug
    • their -> they're :)
    • Alright folks! We have support for all languages thanks to Xavier Poinas! Enjoy 1.5+
  • VB Autocompletion
    2 Posts | Last post May 22, 2013
    • Hi Ala Shiban.
      First of all, the tool is very good and should be a std feature of the editor.
      I have found a little problem related to the interaction of the Visual Basic editor Autocompletion features with your tool.
      If you could check it for the next releases it would be great!
      Here and example:
      1. Start
      2. Select the end of the 3 rows and start typing "databindings...."
      3. The result:
      thank you very much
    • Would love to get some help here:
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