Issue 123472 - When selecting text, automatically select entire word
Summary: When selecting text, automatically select entire word
Alias: None
Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: 4.1.0-dev
Hardware: All All
: P3 Minor (vote)
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Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2013-10-13 05:48 UTC by slacka
Modified: 2014-03-12 05:59 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Latest Confirmation in: 4.1.0-dev
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Description slacka 2013-10-13 05:48:59 UTC
Please consider adding the optional feature to intelligently select text word by word. When highlighting one word, only select the characters. When you select more than one word, select entire words at a time. When selecting left to right, and the mouse is moved backwards, revert to selecting one character at a time. If the cursor is move forward again over multiple words, continue with the select by word behavior.

This feature would only apply to Writer and Impress. The option to disable it could be placed under 
Tools -> Options -> Writer AND Impress -> General -> Editing

The option could be called "When selecting text, automatically select entire word"

The feature would be especially useful for those of us on laptop with imprecise input devices like touchpads or pointing sticks. You can see an example of how this could be implemented by using MS Word or Powerpoint.
Comment 1 Edwin Sharp 2014-03-03 13:30:01 UTC
IMHO should be implemented in status bar - selection mode.

AOO410m14(Build:9760)  -  Rev. 1573062
2014-03-01_04:11:01 - Rev. 1573123
Comment 2 slacka 2014-03-12 05:59:05 UTC
@Edwin Sharp
Yes, the status of this feature could be displayed there. But those settings are only applied to the current session. There should also be an option in the settings to remember the users preference between sessions.