Since VS 2010 Beta1 became publicly available last week, the Editor team has heard from quite a few users who miss box selection (aka column selection, block selection, or rectangular selection).  Yes, it’s missing from the beta, but the good news is that it will be back and better than ever for the final release of VS 2010.

Not only will you be able to make, copy/paste, drag/drop, and delete box selections, but you’ll also have the new ability to insert and edit text on multiple lines.  Check out this video we’ve created to demo the new Box Selection and Multi-Line Editing functionality (this demo has video and audio, so plug in your headphones or turn up the sound):

To those who miss box selection in Beta1:  we hear you.  Rest assured that it will be in the final release of VS 2010, and I hope you’ll find it even more useful than in previous versions.

Aside from box selection, there are a few bugs and issues that a lot of folks are seeing, so stay tuned for a post on other known issues in the Editor and possible workarounds.  We’ve received a ton of comments, e-mails, and Connect bugs in just a few days, so if you haven’t received a response yet, don’t worry; you will soon.  Above all, thanks for downloading VS 2010 Beta1 and sending your feedback – keep it coming!

Brittany Behrens
Program Manager, VS Platform Team