A data selection system and method can be used to facilitate selection of data in a computing application executing on a computing device. Such a data selection system can initiate a selection mode within the application in response to a gesture detected by the computing device. Gestures may include, for example, a long press on a touch-sensitive input device operatively coupled to or included in the computing device, one or more taps or swipes on the touch-sensitive input device, physical shakes of the computing device, touchless gestures detected by the computing device, etc. The data selection system can receive multiple selections of data while the application is in the selection mode. For example, the data selection system can receive a first selection of data at the application and initiate a timer in response to receiving the first selection. The data selection system can cause the selection mode to remain active until the timer has expired. The data selection system can then reset the timer every time the computing device detects a subsequent selection of data while the application is in the selection mode. Once the timer has expired, the data selection system can then highlight the final selections of data.
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Zemach, Aaron, "DATA SELECTION USING GESTURE AND DRAG FUNCTIONALITY", Technical Disclosure Commons, (January 13, 2015)