Is there any way to customize what is selected when you double click on a word in Word 2010 / Outlook 2010?

Fr'instance, I might copy a variable name into an email:


However, if I then wish to copy that text and I double click on it, it only selects "iMyInteger", seeing the underscore as a whitespace.

How can I change that behaviour?

  • PS - double clicking on it in IE also exhibits the same effect... – Manicguitarist Apr 18 '11 at 14:48

I don't think this is possible, short of writing some VBA macro in Word to intercept the mouse click and select the word as required.

I did find a thread which discussed language options affecting the delimiter characters, but I'm not sure it's relevant to your issue.

In short - it's likely to take far more time and effort to try and investigate / develop a solution than it would be to just select words by click and drag rather than double-click.

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    You can't assume this without knowing how often the asker double clicks selects an underscore containing word per year... – galinette Jun 4 '15 at 9:22

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