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Little blue droplet at the end of username, what does it mean/do?

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Hi there,

A while ago a new thing started happening with Firefox. Whenever I go to a login page, and the username and password fields are auto populated because Firefox has remembered them, the cursor is positioned at the end of the username. Directly beneath the cursor is what looks like a droplet, blue in colour. Clicking on it does nothing. Clicking anywhere else on the page makes the droplet disappear, as does bringing up another app and then coming back to Firefox. I am using version 93.0 64 bit on Windows 10. I can't do a screen shot of it as bringing up snip and sketch causes it to disappear.

Thanks for your help,

Paul

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Yes, that is it, thanks. How does it help though? I can move the cursor with the arrow keys on the keyboard, so how does being able to move it with the mouse help? Is it just about having more than one way to achieve the same thing?

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Note: I can't do a screen shot of it as bringing up snip and sketch causes it to disappear.

Do you mean something like in this screenshot ? That is the so called accessiblecaret that makes it possible to move/adjust the cursor with the mouse (you can drag the blue dot). You can also see it if you select text and adjust the start and end of the selection. See:

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Yes, that is it, thanks. How does it help though? I can move the cursor with the arrow keys on the keyboard, so how does being able to move it with the mouse help? Is it just about having more than one way to achieve the same thing?

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This feature is mainly aimed at touch screens where it might be harder to position the cursor with precision and if the start of a selection or the position for editing is wrong then you will have to start over with the selection or with editing. With the blue dot you can simply drag the caret with your finger or with the mouse and you also can locate the cursor more easily. You can give it a try and move the blue dot(s) around. If this is nothing for you and you do not have a touch screen then you can set the above mentioned pref to false (mouse: layout.accessiblecaret.enabled and touch: layout.accessiblecaret.enabled_on_touch) like I wrote above.

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