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

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