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Old 10-02-2013, 12:35 AM   #1
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Is there a way to "select all" text in Calibre?

Hi,

I'm working on Calibre with a desktop Mac, and after converting files to .mobi format, find that I cannot "select all" text and copy the contents.

Highlighting and scrolling is possible, just not selecting all text at once, which I thought was curious.

Am I missing something here?

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Hi,

I'm working on Calibre with a desktop Mac, and after converting files to .mobi format, find that I cannot "select all" text and copy the contents.

Highlighting and scrolling is possible, just not selecting all text at once, which I thought was curious.

Am I missing something here?

Thanks.
All Text? Where?

Ctrl-A in the:
spreadsheet selects all Books,
Inside a field (eg inside the comments. All comments) area of the Metadata editor,

In Windows and Ubuntu: the (OS) standard keyboard selection shortcuts usually work

Maybe MAC's don't allow keyboard shortcuts
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Thanks for the reply.

The 'select all" would be while reading a book itself, not selecting a group of books.

Calibre allows for highlighting and scrolling, but it takes a long time to get to the end of a long book. Minutes, in fact. But I can copy the text.

I read business books and PDFs differently from most. I try to dump the text in a text document, then carve out what I want to save, deleting the rest as I go. By the time I'm done I have scraps of notes in the document, and then when I reread, I can get the key points in a minute or two and I'm done.

To do this I need to be able to get all the text out of that book and into a Word doc, etc.

Thanks again.
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Thanks for the reply.

The 'select all" would be while reading a book itself, not selecting a group of books.

Calibre allows for highlighting and scrolling, but it takes a long time to get to the end of a long book. Minutes, in fact. But I can copy the text.

I read business books and PDFs differently from most. I try to dump the text in a text document, then carve out what I want to save, deleting the rest as I go. By the time I'm done I have scraps of notes in the document, and then when I reread, I can get the key points in a minute or two and I'm done.

To do this I need to be able to get all the text out of that book and into a Word doc, etc.

Thanks again.
@Read This - are you saying that Cmd+A does not work on the calibre ebook viewer on a mac - if so then that's surely a bug.

Meanwhile you could convert the book to RTF, and read that in Word.

If you do a search for "copy on select for mac" it may give you some alternatives to do something like what I do with a a gadget called Click.To on Windows

Basically anything I highlight anywhere gets copied to my clipboard (which is extended and filtered by another gadget which you may not need on a Mac), so at the end of reading a text I have a stack of snippets in the clipboard, which I paste en-masse into a new entry in the relevant Evernote notebook - I do any tidy ups there.

My e-reading is similar to yours, politics, business, finance, law, economics etc - I prefer paper when reading for pure pleasure.

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@Read This - are you saying that Cmd+A does not work on the calibre ebook viewer on a mac - if so then that's surely a bug.
Does not work. If it's a bug, hopefully they'll fix it.

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Meanwhile you could convert the book to RTF, and read that in Word.
Excellent idea. Just tried it and it's perfect. Exactly what I needed.

Many thanks.

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Does not work. If it's a bug, hopefully they'll fix it.

Many thanks.
Pleasure was all mine.

BTW it's not a bug, see post 8 from theducks and mine at 9

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Hi everyone.

I've searched this up and down and could not find anything referencing this. But after I press COMMAND-D to download metadata, I get some options that have underlined characters, which I presume are meant for shortcuts. But I have tried everything combination (shift, command, alt, option) and cant seem to get them to work.



Any help would be appreciated, as this would greatly improve my speed with organizing my library.
They dont work on OS X, windows or linux only. IIRC OS X's interface guidelines dont allow keyboard accelerators, so Qt does not enable them on OS X.
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Select-All is not available (even in Windows) for the book viewer

Copy is a button, not the common keystroke

This must be a limit on the Libraries used by the Viewer
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Select-All is not available (even in Windows) for the book viewer

Copy is a button, not the common keystroke

This must be a limit on the Libraries used by the Viewer
By George you're right, I never looked, I sort of 'assumed' ctrl/a would be there.

I never wanted it as I would have done what I suggested - convert to RTF or put snippets into the clipboard stack via Click.to

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They dont work on OS X, windows or linux only. IIRC OS X's interface guidelines dont allow keyboard accelerators, so Qt does not enable them on OS X.
I sometimes think of getting a Mac, but that's the best reason I've seen to stop - thinking about it.

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Since ebooks can be internally composed of multiple files and the viewer only loads a single file at a time, select all, even if it existed, would not do what you expect. Instead convert the book to txt or rtf, from where extracting all the text is easy.
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Since ebooks can be internally composed of multiple files and the viewer only loads a single file at a time, select all, even if it existed, would not do what you expect. Instead convert the book to txt or rtf, from where extracting all the text is easy.
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It was
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