Restricting Cursor Selection

Restricting Cursor Selection

Post by Joe » Thu, 22 Jan 2004 01:01:43



Walt,

I think I understand your dilemma. When you click and drag to highlight,
for example, "these three words" and there is a space or tab preceding
or following, you get " these three words", "these three words ", or "
these three words". Am I right?

If so, what I do is go back to the DOS way of doing things. Click at the
end of what you want to highlight. Then forget that blasted mouse. Hold
down the Shift key and use your left arrow key to highlight what you
want. Then you can either right-click/Copy or press Ctrl-C. This isn't
foolproof. It does depend on what program you are using. I have found
that the usual culprit of this problem is micro$haft programs. However,
doing what I do, does allow me to get highlight exactly what I want
about 99% of the time.

Joe
 
 
 

Restricting Cursor Selection

Post by Walt » Thu, 22 Jan 2004 04:45:25

That is basically it.

Another example would be if I wanted to change the word "reading"
to "writing". The "read" would need to be changed to "writ", but
the "ing" would remain.

I would start the cursor at the "r" in "reading", drag up to
the "d", and stop. However, Windows will ASSUME that I want the
whole word, and automatically jump the highlight ahead to include
the "ing" too. :(

Doing it backward doesn't help. If I start at the "d", drag
the cursor left to the "r", and stop, it will still ASSUME
I want the whole word, and add in the "ing" too. :(

No matter what I do, Windows will always insist on including the
"ing" unless I insert a blank space first, making it "read ing".

However, a quick test seems to indicate that your DOS work-around
trick doesn't assume, or add, the "ing". THANKS!!!!

I was hoping that there was some sort of Registry key like
"cursor_highlight_stupid_assumptions" that I could sent to "off"
or "0".

 
 
 

Restricting Cursor Selection

Post by Annette Ma » Thu, 22 Jan 2004 04:56:31


Hello Walt,

do you really mean Windows or a program like Word?

Inside Word you can change options (en-/disable marking of whole
words when highlighting etc). Are you aware of that?

--
Annette
 
 
 

Restricting Cursor Selection

Post by Bob » Thu, 22 Jan 2004 11:34:23

On Tue, 20 Jan 2004 09:40:39 -0500, Walt < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >



I'm not sure that is a Windows feature, but it is true in Word. Word
will tend to select an entire word if you select part of it. There is
a setting somewhere, presumably under options, so you can turn this
off.

In some ways it is a useful feature, so be alert when you try turning
it off that there aren't unintended consequences.

bob
 
 
 

Restricting Cursor Selection

Post by Joe » Thu, 22 Jan 2004 13:21:17


Walt,

You're quite welcome. If there is a reg. entry that can be changed, who
knows what it might be? Just keep in mind that DOS will always be your
friend.

Joe