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Re: Selecting text

On Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 10:12:09PM -0500, Hugo Vanwoerkom wrote:

I usually select pieces of text on the screen running X with the mouse by pointing to it and then dragging to where the end is. The piece will turn blue. Then cntrl+c will copy the piece to the clipboard and cntrl+v will paste it.

I now have a strange situation that on one system running Stretch + Sid the piece of text does not turn color when selecting it.

Anybody know what to do in that case?

I guess this is dependant on the application. You can select text in a web browser pane, you can select text in an edit box, but note that you can't select text in, for example, a menu entry.

Typically, the parts of the graphical user interface you see are composed of "widgets", generic controls with a bundled set of behaviours. Programmers place a widget in their application and override some of the default behaviours in order to respond to the actions. So, it may be that the piece of text you're trying to select cannot be selected. It may also be that the programmer has disabled the selection of text from that particular control.


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