Saving Clicks in IE8

Ever wanted to change an odd character or word in the URL in the address bar of your browser? You end up clicking 2 or 3 times, yes? Well thank goodness that IE8 will revert to a more standard model of text editing in an improved click behaviour:

  • Single-click within a URL to insert the caret. This allows the user to make an in-line edit easily.
  • Double-click within a URL to select the word (words are delimited by common characters like slashes).
  • Triple-click to select the entire URL.
  • A subsequent click (a fourth click) will cycle back to the single-click behavior.

Alt-D still works as always to select the whole of the address bar URL. However, it’s a pity the new click behaviour does not work yet in IE8 beta 1. Fortunately the cool new domain highlighting does work well.


About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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