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10.7: A text selection shortcut
Authored by: arcticmac on Aug 30, '11 09:32:48AM

In older versions of Mac OS X (10.6 at least, and probably older), and I'm guessing 10.7, though I haven't played with it, double clicking on a word will select it, and put the text selection system in "word selection" mode. Notable things about this mode are that shift-clicking or dragging to extend the selection will do so in whole-word increments, and that when you copy and paste the selected text, it will automatically make sure that the pasted text is padded by spaces on both sides (if there is already a space, it won't add a second, but it there isn't one at all, then it inserts an extra one). Note that to extend the selection, it is only necessary to shift-single-click rather than shift-double-click as stated by the original poster (although perhaps that's just an annoying change in 10.7).

Triple-clicking works the same way but selects paragraphs instead of words.



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10.7: A text selection shortcut
Authored by: dilvish1984 on Aug 31, '11 12:08:11PM
You've identified the important factor that makes the three-finger-selection work so well for me: Once a user enters word-selection or paragraph-selection mode, all additional selection remains in that mode until the user leaves the mode by clicking outside the current selection… So for example, (this assumes a Magic Trackpad or equivalent built-in trackpad with three-finger-drag and tap-to-click enabled) to select text by words, double-tap the first or last word you want selected, then three-finger-drag the rest of the text being sure to start the three-finger-drag within the currently selected word. The additional text selected will be nicely constrained to word boundaries. (The same appears to be true with a triple-click and paragraphs — or is that sentences? [that might depend on the software, I suppose]).

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