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In Windows, it seems the default behavior when double-clicking a word is to select the word, and any whitespace following the word (spaces or tabs). You can see this behavior across all programs, so I'm assuming this isn't a per-program setting. This may be common to other operating systems, but I don't know from personal experience.

Is this something that can be configured in the OS anywhere or is it something I just have to live with?

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Isn't that a stupid feature. – MVCylon May 12 '11 at 12:58
Ugh, I hate this so much, yes. (And I hardly ever use the mouse for text navigation and I /still/ hate it!) – Shinrai May 12 '11 at 14:21
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As far as I am aware, this is the default behaviour.

What I often do is to double-click the word and then hold shift and press the left arrow key (application allowing). I have found this to be the quickest method rather than attempting to precisely select the word under scrutiny with the mouse which is often a little tricky and fiddly.

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While this is the accepted answer, it doesn't provide any solution other than manually removing the space. I found a program that monitors the clipboard and actively removes (trims) whitespace from anything copied. – degenerate Sep 30 '14 at 15:55

I double click on the word, but hold the second click and drag it slightly. For some reason selecting multiple whole words (double-click and drag) doesn't select the whitespace afterwards, so you can double-click and drag just the one word.

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Single click after the last character of the word and press CTRL + SHIFT + LEFT ARROW

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Simplest method for me: double click first selects word with following space, then hold shift and single click on same word (or click on any another word to extend selection). This selects word(s) without space.

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Easiest way to do this is double click, but do not release the mouse button on the second click. Then drag up (or down) slightly while still holding the mouse button down. You now will only have the word selected without a space on the end.

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