Double clicking doesn't do what it used to (highlight text)?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Kevster89, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. Kevster89 macrumors regular


    Oct 14, 2008
    For some reason, double clicking the trackpad button or with one finger on the trackpad itself (tap-tap, essentially), does not do what it used to.

    For instance, if I go to the URL box/bar on the top of Safari double clicking no longer highlights the entire URL string so I can delete it. I manually have to drag from one side to the other, or click the little website icon in the left of the box.

    In every single application, double clicking (or tapping) no longer highlights text. It's a pain to always have to drag all the time. Anyone know why this could be?

    Thanks.. any help would be greatly appreciated. My MacBook Pro is making me angry!

    :apple: 15 inch MacBook Pro - Early 2008 :apple: 10.5.5 :apple: iPhone 3G 16 GB black :apple:
  2. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030


    Apr 19, 2008
    Pandora, Home Tree
    Click on the bar below the touchpad. Double clicking, when the curser is on a word, will highlight the word.
  3. Kevster89 thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 14, 2008
    No this is not what I'm trying to do. I know how to do what yore describing. If I'm in word and double click with the cursor over a paragraph, it won't highlight the entire thing and nothing will happen. If I drag the cursor to the URL bar and double click, the entire thing won't be highlighted as it should and always usedto do until recently.
  4. Can macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2007
  5. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    I can't say for Word (as MS products always seem to want to do their own thing) but in most Mac apps, double clicking will highlight the word. Triple clicking highlights the line. Same for the URL bar. Clicking on the favicon (the icon to the left of the URL) will highlight the whole URL in Safari. This is how it's always been.
  6. Kevster89 thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 14, 2008
    Thanks for the clarification. From what I have been able to notice on my MBP, double clicking sometimes highlights the word but triple clicking will NEVER highlight the entire line, such as the URL. However, clicking the favicon does indeed highlight the URL. Any idea why this might be?
  7. Kevster89 thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 14, 2008
    Figured it out

    Thanks for all your help/suggestions.

    I FINALLY figured it out. I went into System Preferences - Keyboard and Mouse - Trackpad, and noticed the "slide icon" for Double Click Speed was moved all the way to the right, meaning that the computer would only recognize a double click (or double tap on the trackpad) if done extremely rapidly. Furthermore, I moved the "slide icon" a few notches to the left and now it works perfect again... just as it should for the click, double-click (word highlighting), and triple click (line, paragraph, etc., highlighting).
  8. WordHighlight macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2009
    Here's something for you to tackle:

    I'm having a similar problem–up until yesterday, double-clicking on a word in Word for Mac 08 would highlight the word. A triple-click would highlight the paragraph.
    This function still works in other applications, such as Firefox, etc. But it no longer works in Word. I click over and over and the insertion point just sits there and laughs at me.

  9. timlevin macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2010
    I have the same problem: in Mac Word, double clicking no longer highlights the word that the cursor is on. Any help would be appreciated. There does not seem to be any items under Mac or Word preferences that would fix this.

  10. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
  11. yeastbeast macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2011
    I'm having the same problem, and the proposed fix in post #7 didn't help.

    For me the problem is specific to Microsoft Word 2011 (version 14.0.1). Double- and triple-clicking to highlight words and lines respectively works just fine in Firefox 4.0 RC2.

    I'm on a MacBook Pro i7 in MacOS 10.6.6
  12. tamela714 macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2011
    double click not working

    I am the same problem. my double click is not working in Word and no adjustments in Preferences are restoring it. Also, my cursor keeps jumping randomly to previous spots in typed text! HELP!!
  13. tamela714 macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2011
    Double click not working - Fix

    I just downloaded the available software updates and it fixed all the problems.
  14. nanette75 macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2011
    Double click not working - software

    as I have the same problem (my double click is not working in Word),
    could you please tell me which software you've download?

    Thanks a lot
  15. sebseb81 macrumors member

    Dec 12, 2010
    I have the latest updates for Word and double-clicking to highlight text does not work for me (it does work in all other programs).

    Any ideas?
  16. anglingz macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2011
  17. jrhorn macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    I had the same problem and rebooting did the trick for me.
  18. tdingott macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2012
    Thank you

    I was getting beyond frustrated at losing the ability to double click to select words in MS Word. Visiting the Cnet web site posted below explaining the need to go to System Preferences / Universal Access worked like a charm. I had never even realized those options existed. Thanks to anglingz.
  19. jfdouble macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2011
    In Mountain Lion (10.8), the Double-Click speed option has disappeared completely from the Mouse & Trackpad settings. You need to always go to Universal Access now.
  20. lookman macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2013
    This worked for me!!!!!!!!!!!

    what you need to do is go to universal access ON SYSTEM PREFERNCES, CLICK ON TRACKPAD OPTIONS AND slow down the double click speed of your trackpad cause you set it to maximum so your double click is now basically like a single click lol, thats what i did and now when i click once it selects the word and when i click twice it selects the whole sentence. HOPE IT WORKS
  21. Vannfe macrumors newbie


    Nov 19, 2015
    I have a MacBook Pro working on OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 and having been having the same issue. I tried all the recommendations from previous posters, as this is an older post, and none worked. I have a couple reports due to today and this has been driving me nuts. So I have spent the last hour or so trying to fix it and just did. This is what worked for me: System Preferences > Keyboard > adjust Delay Until Repeat to the right (short) by one notch. Hope this is helpful to someone else. :)

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