Is it possible to select text as a block (or column) from a notebook in Mathematica 9? (Meaning selecting whole columns of text without also selecting text to the right or left of the column.) I am currently working with pdb files composed of large amounts of text (an example is given below); I have been using Kate text editor to select blocks of text and then moving them to Mathematica/Matlab where they can be manipulated, before copying the modified text back to the original file again using Kate. It would be extraordinarily convenient if Mathematica could perform all of these tasks without needing a seperate program. I would appreciate any suggestions anyone may have.
ATOM 21 CAL CAL 4 4.712 13.603 10.3082 1.00 0.00 Ca
ATOM 22 CAL CAL 5 8.199 14.309 8.5988 1.00 0.00 Ca
ATOM 24 CAL CAL 6 3.580 10.230 8.5988 1.00 0.00 Ca
ATOM 27 CAL CAL 7 9.424 10.882 13.748 1.00 0.00 Ca
ATOM 28 CAL CAL 8 5.937 10.176 12.038 1.00 0.00 Ca
(Example of text, however the columns are much cleaner and more well spaced in the actual file.)