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In Mac OS, if you select text by double-clicking and dragging (sometimes called "click and a half"), the selection advances word by word. In Linux, using Gnome, I am only able to get this behavior in select applications, like Terminal and FireFox. Is there any way to get Thunderbird to have the same functionality/behavior?

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It's doing that for me by default in Ubuntu 9.04. Tested it in both Firefox and Terminal. –  djhowell Oct 12 '09 at 18:53
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djhowell, please make that an answer to Josh can accept it. You are of course correct. –  CarlF Oct 12 '09 at 19:36
    
@djhowell, yes, please make that an answer and I will accept it. Looks like this is application specific because Thunderbird doesn't do this. –  Josh Oct 12 '09 at 20:40
    
@Josh maybe you could just close this as "answered in the comments" or answer it yourself? –  Cawas Mar 11 '10 at 20:34
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@Cawas: I was waiting for him to post a real answer so I could accept it. Looks like he's not going to. Want a free +15 rep? ;-) –  Josh Mar 11 '10 at 21:49
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It's doing that for me by default in Ubuntu 9.04. Tested it in both Firefox and Terminal. – djhowell Oct 12 '09 at 18:53

All credit to djhowell, i'm just after some free/easy points!!1 ;)

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