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Is there Any Easy Way to Correct Spelling in the Search Bar?

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Hi, I have coordination trouble, and trouble typing. It isn't so bad as long as I can correct my typing. Unfortunately, some apps make it hard to select the correct spot and correct my typing. For example, Firefox. if I click on the right spot in the search box, Firefox chooses the whole search phrase, and if I click again, it chooses the whole word, but it alternates between these and never chooses the particular spot where I want to add a letter or delete the previous letter.

Is there any way to change this behavior?

Firefox 41 on the Mac.

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Hmm, what you're describing sounds like the behavior of double-clicking and triple-clicking, which select a word or a sentence, respectively. Your mouse timing may be such that Firefox thinks your two clicks are a double-click instead of two single clicks (and similarly with three clicks). I'm not sure if there is a fix in Firefox for that, however. Could you test this theory by intentionally spacing your clicks further apart?

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You can set layout.spellcheckDefault to 2 on the about:config page to enable the spelling checker for both single-line input fields and multi-line text areas.

You can open the about:config page via the location/address bar. You can accept the warning and click "I'll be careful" to continue.

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Hmm, what you're describing sounds like the behavior of double-clicking and triple-clicking, which select a word or a sentence, respectively. Your mouse timing may be such that Firefox thinks your two clicks are a double-click instead of two single clicks (and similarly with three clicks). I'm not sure if there is a fix in Firefox for that, however. Could you test this theory by intentionally spacing your clicks further apart?

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For the location/address bar there are these prefs for the click behavior:

  • browser.urlbar.clickSelectsAll
  • browser.urlbar.doubleClickSelectsAll

You can open the about:config page via the location/address bar. You can accept the warning and click "I'll be careful" to continue.