Smart text selection not performing as expected

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chacojerald | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Nov 26 2014 12:44 PM

In principal I think Smart Text Selection is a good idea, however I find it very frustrating in its current implementation because it makes highlighting specific phrases more difficult instead of easier. It seems to insist on highlighting more than I wish to select and I can't find a way to over-ride it on-the-fly. 

One especially irritating behavior is when there is a parenthesis at the end of a sentence, and I want to highlight up to the word prior to the opening parenthesis "(".  No way, it will always jump up to the first word in the parenthesis!

I think the easiest and most logical improvement to this feature would be the additional rule:  When the user is selecting (ie. holding the mouse button down and moving over text), if he moves the mouse back (left and/or up) towards the beginning of the selection this is an indication that "Smart selection" has oversteped his desired selection, at which point auto-select would be over-ridden and selection would strictly follow the mouse.

I'm sure there's a better way to describe what I'm getting at, but it's something that has come up so much for me since this feature was introduced I figured it was worth mentioning.  I hope something can be done, it has great potential.  

Thanks! Jerald.

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 26 2014 12:57 PM

Hi Jerald - and welcome to the forums

chacojerald:
I think the easiest and most logical improvement to this feature would be the additional rule:  When the user is selecting (ie. holding the mouse button down and moving over text), if he moves the mouse back (left and/or up) towards the beginning of the selection this is an indication that "Smart selection" has oversteped his desired selection, at which point auto-select would be over-ridden and selection would strictly follow the mouse.

Are you aware you can override smart-selection "on the fly"?

If you press Alt (on Windows) or Opt (on Mac) smart selection will be disabled for the current selection.

Graham

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chacojerald | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 26 2014 1:05 PM

Hey Graham,

Thanks for the tip! I was not aware of this feature and it is most helpful. I was hoping I wouldn't have to turn the feature off completely just for the times it wasn't performing as desired.  That should do it!

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