#940 – Easy Selection of Entire Words in a TextBox

By default, as the user drags the mouse in a TextBox while holding the left mouse button down, text is selected one character at a time.

For example, in the TextBox shown below, if I click in the middle of the word “years” and drag the cursor into the middle of the word “later”, a portion of each word is selected.

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If you want a user to easily select entire words within the text, you can set the AutoWordSelection property of the TextBox to true.  Now, as I drag the cursor into the second word, both words are automatically selected.

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Even with auto word selection enabled, the user can select a portion of the word by selecting the full word and then moving the cursor backwards.

About Sean
Software developer in the Twin Cities area, passionate about .NET technologies. Equally passionate about my own personal projects related to family history and preservation of family stories and photos.

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