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  1. #1

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    Aug 17, 2011
    Unhappy Lion Right-Click Select (How to DISABLE selecting whole word)
    Just got a shiny new Macbook (which I love) but I really dislike the Lion trackpad configuration. (Can Lion revert all the trackpad config to an older version? I wish.)

    In my old Macbook I could right click anywhere within a word and the cursor would stay there and the pop up would let me paste. In Lion when I right-click on a word it automatically selects the entire word.


    Thank you folks!

  2. #2

    Member Since
    Aug 17, 2011
    If it helps, it isn't a trackpad problem. It also occurs with the mouse.

    Right-clicking on a word selects the whole word rather than places the cursor between letters. As a writer this is debilitating.

    How do I change the right-click to NOT SELECT THE ENTIRE WORD?

    Any help is appreciated.

  3. #3

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    Dec 22, 2006
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    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    Don't have a clue how to turn it off. I've never wanted to paste anything in the middle of a word either though - as far as I can remember.

    Did figure out a couple of work arounds if you haven't discovered them and would like to use them in the meanwhile - the easiest one:

    Insert the cursor - double tap the space bar - right click in the space - it will highlight the space and allow you to paste.

    The other one is much harder, so won't even bother.
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  4. #4

    Member Since
    Dec 12, 2011
    Did anyone find a solution?

    I, too, have this problem. But I have been a long-time Mac user and I don't recall this problem bugging me before.

    It's possible I have never noticed this before, but right now I am using an application where a right-click brings up a context menu with actions that will paste (and thus paste over and delete the unwanted selection) something into the app.

    I've googled as much as I can, but can't seem to find anything other than this one single post. Makes me think Google search is not as sharp as it once was… because it's hard to believe you are the only person in the world who has posted on this problem!!!

    Thanks in advance if anyone does know!


  5. #5

    Member Since
    Jun 29, 2012
    I'm bumping this because until today my Macbook Pro never did this highlight when right clicking thing. I verified it with a few other people that say their's don't do this so all the "its normal" answers can't be right. How do I make it stop? Sorry if I managed to miss a newer thread on this.

  6. #6

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    May 18, 2015
    ancient thread i know, but did anyone ever figure this out? i just want to paste without using keyboard shortcuts:/

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