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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322) Build Identifier: firefox 0.9 if a url is highlighted in the address bar, if you want to select say "mircrosoft" from http://www.microsoft.com it wont work, you get the no entry cursor. you have to unselect the whole address, then select the part you want. so you cant just select "microsoft" and type "mozilla" in its place to go to mozilla.com. this works in internet explorer, but not in firefox 0.9. Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1. 2. 3. Actual Results: if a url is highlighted in the address bar, if you want to select say "mircrosoft" from http://www.microsoft.com it wont work, you get the no entry cursor. you have to unselect the whole address, then select the part you want. so you cant just select "microsoft" and type "mozilla" in its place to go to mozilla.com. this works in internet explorer, but not in firefox 0.9. Expected Results: to select the text you want to highlight instead of giving you a no entry cursor.
This is intentional. Clicking and moving the mouse on a highlighted URL initiates dragging of the URL text. While this is different from IE it allows the dragging and dropping of URLs into text boxes and other programs like Word.
I used to find this behaviour absolutely infuriating until I understood it a bit better. If you don't click into the address bar, but instead just immediately drag over the text that you wish to select, then it works as expected. So it sort of gives you the best of both worlds (i.e. immediate full selection for line deleting / drag and drop, as well as immediate partial URL selection highlighting). In that respect it is BETTER than IE (because you can not directly drag over a word in IE to select it, unless the whole line is already selected). I still have not got completely used to way Firefox works, and so I find myself inadvertantly dragging address bar text all the time (when in fact I had mean't to highlight part of it). However, I do find it annoying when when I want to insert text into a URL in Firefox. In Windows, to place a cursor in a text box you simply click once and start typing (admittedly IE's address bar does not follow this convention) but in Firefox's address bar I regularly have to triple-click because the second click often selects a word, rather than placing the cursor. I'm not sure if I will ever get used to that particular behaviour, because it seems far more intuitive (and consistent with other apps) to double or triple click when you want to highlight something (e.g. a word, whole line or paragraph), while single clicking is normally used to place the cursor. An example is highlighting a plain text word on a web page viewed within Firefox. When you single click on the word it does not get selected (that only happens when you double click on it). Ctrl + A can be used to easily select the entire address bar URL, but there is no shortcut to obviate the need for double / triple clicking when you wish to place the cursor at a specified point within the URL.
See bug 114862. It was resolved wontfix. You can use the browser.urlbar.clickSelectsAll pref to change this behaviour, so if you don't like the current behaviour just change the pref in about:config.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 14 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
Status: RESOLVED → UNCONFIRMED
Resolution: WONTFIX → ---
87410 is much more on point. Besides, /even if/ this is a dupe of a wontfix bug, dupe it to the wontfix bug. *** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 87410 ***
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 14 years ago → 14 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
Verifying old and obvious dupes. Sorry for bugspam.
Status: RESOLVED → VERIFIED
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