Select All Fixes Standard Windows Select All Text Behavior

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 23, 2010
Updated • Aug 9, 2016
Software, Windows software

Select All is a small Autohotkey application that fixes the standard Windows select all behavior.When you use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-A on a Windows machine, all text in an active field, form or window is selected usually.

There are however situations where this is not working correctly, so that only part of the text is selected.

The main idea behind Select All is to provide a solution for these situations, so that all text is always selected when Ctrl-A is used.

The developer of the program was kind enough to provide several sample applications where the select all behavior does not work properly: the broken behavior occurs for instance in Windows Explorer, the PDF reader Sumatra or the standard save dialog.

Select All for Windows

Select All is a gui-less application that runs in the background once it is started on a Windows machine. The program is intuitive to use. First of all, it won't interfere with the normal process of using the Ctrl-A shortcut to select everything.

The program comes into play when Ctrl-A does not select anything right away. All you need to do then is tap on Ctrl-A again to enforce the selection of every last bit of textual content of the active element.

Instead of pressing Ctrl-A and then Ctrl-A again, you may also press Ctrl-A, hold down Ctrl while releasing and pressing A again. This has the same effect but is a little bit faster. Useful if you know that you need to invoke the shortcut twice.

Select All fixes the text selection in many applications that show erratic behavior. Some programs on the other hand, including Nirsoft applications, do not work with the software program. While Ctrl-A behavior should not be affected at all, it is important to note that you may run into programs where Select All won't correct the issue.


Users who have faced incorrect text selection behavior in the past should give Select All a try to see if it fixes their issues. Select All can be downloaded from the Donation Coder forum.

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