Wrap text with quotes or brackets

Hi. Is it possible to make selected text to wrap when I call symbols like ", ', [, {, (, `? SublimeText style. Last symbol would be useful for SQL. I have to insert quotes and brackets manually so often, it became a rutine.

Also, usually when I press some quote, it doubles automaticaly. But when I do it inside of string, it’s not. Example - quote after = will not double when you call it:

$query = mysql_query("SELECT `user_id` FROM `wp_loans` WHERE `some_text`='test'");

Same stuff with iverted quotes - " will not double:

$string = 'Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson';
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Not natively possible (I’d be interested in adding it but afraid that it might confuse people). Easily doable as a macro though; I went ahead and took the liberty:

 * @fileoverview    Automatically adds quotes around selection when selecting
 *                  text and pressing single/double quote
 * @author          Nathan Rijksen
 * @version         0.1

if (typeof(extensions) === 'undefined')
    extensions = {};
if (extensions.AutoQuotes && extensions.AutoQuotes.onKeyPress) {
    // Remove the existing trigger handler, we'll re-instate it.
    var editor_pane = ko.views.manager.topView;
    editor_pane.removeEventListener('keypress', extensions.AutoQuotes.onKeyPress, true);
extensions.AutoQuotes = {};

(function() {

    var charCodes = [39, 34, 91, 93, 123, 125, 40, 41];

    this.onKeyPress = function(e) {
        if (charCodes.indexOf(e.charCode) == -1) return;

        var strLeft = strRight = String.fromCharCode(e.charCode);
        if (strLeft == '(') strRight = ')';
        else if (strRight == ')') strLeft = '(';
        else if (strLeft == '[') strRight = ']';
        else if (strRight == ']') strLeft = '[';
        else if (strLeft == '{') strRight = '}';
        else if (strRight == '}') strLeft = '{';

        // Get scimoz API
        var editor = ko.views.manager.currentView.scimoz;
        if ( ! editor || editor.selText == "") return;

        // Prepare our auto-completion
        var fakeSnippet = {
            hasAttribute: function(name) {
                return name in this;
            getStringAttribute: function(name) {
                return this[name];
            name: "autoquote snippet",
            value: strLeft + "[[%w]]" + strRight

        // Insert auto-completion

        // Prevent default auto-completion
        return false;

    // Bind keypress listener
    var editor_pane = ko.views.manager.topView;
    editor_pane.addEventListener('keypress', this.onKeyPress, true);


Add to your toolbox, set to run on startup and run the macro. Now pressing ’ or " while having text selected will wrap it with those characters.

Edit: Added to resources section: http://komodoide.com/resources/macros/komodo--wrapselection/

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Thanks so much for this!

Urgh, why you have to go and reimplement it :stuck_out_tongue:


Lmao I had totally forgotten you did that. Please use @toddw’s instead guys, my version has bugs and is evidently redudant :wink:

That’s awesome, it’s even possible to make it work with `.

toddw, maybe you can help with this bug too? I even suggesed JS solution there, but I don’t know how to implement this in Komodo. Sorry for offtop.

Is this (@toddw’s macro) the basis for the wrapping in IDE 9.3? I feel like 9.3’s is lacking, and I’m trying to decide whether or not to complain :wink:

Nope, this is a new feature in 9.3 unrelated to the macro’s mentioned here.

You can control it from Preferences > Editor > Smart Editing > Wrap Selection with typed delimiter instead of overwriting it.

Got it. I had it set for plain text only. Thanks for the quick reply. Looks like I misread the date on the post I replied to. -Clark

This is a GREAT feature. I am forever needing to wrap code examples with backticks in Markdwon, or put quotes around strings I’ve typed out but forgotten to put quotes around.

But there’s a fly in the ointment. It only works for the simplest of cases. It doesn’t work if there are any punctuation characters in the text to be wrapped.


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Fabulous, slightly


This is by design, as it would annoy most people if it did. However we have you covered too:

Preferences > Editor > Smart Editing > Only wrap plain text selections

Just uncheck that option.

If you run into an issue like this in Komodo your first thought should always be “I’ll check if there is a pref for this”, cause odds are there is.

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This feature is the best!

I always used Komodo IDE and Sublime Text, I always edit my codes in sublime then move it to komodo, but lately Komodo IDE is turning into a really good text editor.

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If you have more feature requests, let us know @stramin! Thanks for the props!

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