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On windows I can double click a word and then drag the selection, which does a by-the-word selection change. It's a lot easier to select areas of text like this as you don't need to absolutely get your mouse cursor to the start of the word you want, just someone within the word in fine.
How can I replicate this functionality on OSX? Double click and dragging does nothing and I'm getting fed up of having to finely position the mouse cursor to select text.
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Nov 14, 2013 at 11:32
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You simply need to hold
Shift while selecting to make the selection use complete words.
double click a word
Shift click another word
the word you just clicked is included as a whole
Nov 14, 2013 at 11:35
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Double clicking and dragging to select text works exactly as you want it to on OS X. You have to hold the second click of the double click.
first click: press mouse button down and release
second click: press mouse button down and hold
Dec 11, 2015 at 13:35
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Since Lion (OSX 10.7) you need to enable this in Accessibility Preferences -> Mouse & Trackpad -> Trackpad Options -> Enable dragging.
Using "drag lock" means that you can continue to adjust the drag, finishing it with a single tap. Without drag lock, the drag operation will finish if you stop dragging for a short time.
Nov 2, 2019 at 3:57
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