Selecting whole words in Firefox

Posted on November 10, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

When browsing the web, I often find myself trying to search for certain words on the page on Wikipedia or Google. When I only want to select one word, this is fine, I just double click the word and then select the corresponding service from the popup menu with a right-click. When I have to select multiple words, I used to click and drag until all of the words I wanted to search for were selected. Often, making sure the last letters were selected needed quite some ‘precision work’.

Thanks to a web page (actually complaining about Firefox), I figured out that selecting multiple words is much easier when I do the following: double click the first word and then drag the mouse until all words are selected. At least on my system, this selects only entire words !

If I only need to select two adjacent words only (on the same line), I can double click on the space between the words. No Firefox extension needed.


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I’d love to have this happen without having to double click. More here, FYI: want to highlight entire word or phrase by dragging cursor from any part of word or phrase –

Thanks, this works great.

I also went into about:config and set “layout.word_select.eat_space_to_next_word” to FALSE.

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