I can’t remember if I or someone else requested this in the past, and a few searches didn’t turn anything up, but here it is:
I want to be able to use arrow-keys to select ANY portion of a track (or multiple tracks) - that means any cell, any individual column, rather than just the entire width of the track (as when pressing shift+arrowkeys). This behaviour is universal amongst pretty much all other trackers and its absence from Renoise really disrupts my workflow. Reaching for the mouse is SLOW when you’ve spent a lifetime getting used to being a lightning-fast keyboard operator, and even then you can’t just select, say, the instrument parameter column. Reaching for the mouse, opening the advanced editor, opening the Content Mask section arrow (clicking the section title doesn’t expand it, sadly) and THEN choosing the mask options before finally doing a copy action is just cruel and unusual timewasting!
Not suggesting extant behaviour should be altered; I’m only suggesting that a secondary behaviour is made available for us to map shortcuts to. Personally, I’d map this new behaviour to shift+arrows, while I’d map the current behaviour to shift+ctrl+arrows, for when I did want a full-width selection (saving myself from tapping right-click loads of times for a many-sub-tracked pattern or one with extra FX columns). If you want an example of how this would work, try alt+arrows in www.milkytracker.org; that will select just the cell you’re on (whether it’s note, instrument, volume or effect) and then add single cells as you move the arrowkeys.
This would speed up my workflow by about 20%, no exaggeration. Please add your thoughts (or, even better, tell me that this functionality exists and that I’ve stupidly not noticed it all these years!).