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How to select text always precisely from mouse like we can do always from keyboard?

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I guess you're referring to the mouse making some automatic adjustments to your selection, like maybe it's always selecting whole words or never including spaces? –  Arjan Jan 29 '10 at 11:46
    
yes some time it select something which i don't want to select.on starting and ending point –  metal gear solid Jan 29 '10 at 11:51
    
Should i press any key along with mouse selection to make precise selection? –  metal gear solid Jan 29 '10 at 11:54
    
Some programs like Microsoft Office have some "smart selection" preferences, or maybe that is just "smart edit" and only applies to cutting and pasting then. I guess we need more detail on when it's occurring. (Note the "edit" link underneath your question!) –  Arjan Jan 29 '10 at 12:11
    
i can select Edit button from right side but not from left –  metal gear solid Jan 29 '10 at 12:16
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I don't think the mouse can give the same accuracy as the keyboard, but maybe it's because I use a cheap mouse.

A two step approach works best for me:

  1. use the mouse to carefully select the first few characters of the text, then release the mouse button and
  2. use the arrow keys to move the cursor while holding down the shift key, to 'fine-tune' the selection.
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i can select Edit button from right side but not from left

Not being able to select that "edit" link is caused by the layout in the web site, in combination with it being a clickable link, and in combination with the browser you're using. In Firefox and IE8, you can toggle "Caret Browsing" by hitting F7. This places a moveable cursor in web pages, allowing you to select text with the keyboard.

But this is just a specific example. Other programs might have their own "smart" selection mechanism implemented. Like some word processors might always select whole words or never include spaces when selecting using a mouse. I am not aware of some operating system-specific behaviour.

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