I love Sublime Text, so much so that I plunked down the cash for the licensed version because the developers deserve it. It’s super useful in so many ways, but one of the capabilities that is not included by default is “column select” mode. You’ll need to install package control for all of this to work, so if you’re not familiar with how to do that or what that is, go here and do the thing: “Installation – Package Control.”
Once you have package control installed, look for and install the “Column Select” package.
Once installed, Alt+Cmd (Mac) activates basic column select mode. For this (overly simplified) example, we’re going to use the overly-contrived sample tab-delimited output below:
HEADING_1 HEADING_2 HEADING_3 HEADING_4 Test1 Test2 Test3 Test4 Test11 Test22 Test33 Test44 Test111 Test222 Test333 Test444 Test1111 Test2222 Test3333 Test4444
Say for instance that I only want to select and copy the data from column 3. Simply place your cursor at the start of column 3 (next to “HEADING_3”), hold down Alt+Cmd, and drag your cursor down and to the right.
I know there are many other ways of doing this using only the command-line, but this is a nice little feature for those living in Sublime Text.
Side note: I generally only use ST on Mac, but based on this: https://www.sublimetext.com/docs/selection – it looks like Windows may do column select natively…anyhow, you get the point…it’s a nifty feature either way and hopefully you’ll find a way to utilize it for your own workflow.