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The default tmux mouse mode seems to select words by character -- this is a little too granular for me; if I click [or double-click] in the middle of a word, I'd like it to start selecting the entire word.

Are there any ways to accomplish this? Thanks much!

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Hold Shift and double-click the text. This sends the mouse input directly to the terminal (xterm, terminal, etc) and bypasses tmux's mouse mode.

Note: I tested this in xterm and gnome-terminal. For other terminals you may need to hold a different modifier key.

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Sorry, that uses the terminal's selection, not tmux's selection buffer. Nice trick though, thanks -- it seems with kde's konsole you can use that to click on a link with tmux's mouse mode on. –  gatoatigrado Sep 30 '13 at 17:59
Glad it helps :) Why does the distinction matter to you? I use tmux set-option -g set-clipboard on so tmux's selection buffer is always copied to the system clipboard, then I can mostly forget that tmux has its own selection buffer. –  Newtonx Oct 4 '13 at 0:33
@Newtonx, what if you're sshed into another system and using tmux there? –  Alex R Mar 3 '14 at 22:05

not without patching your tmux source code, sorry. hopefully such a feature can be added to tmux in the future

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