The power of a double click.

Monday 8 January 2018 @ 11:23 pm

I do lots of work using GoToMeeting and often the screen I see is reduced in size, making things hard to read. It can be frustrating when trying to highlight a word without including characters on either side. So I have developed the habit of using double-clicks to select words. I find that not everyone knows this trick.

When selecting normal text, like in MS Word or in a browser, you can double click on a word to select the entire word. In many applications the word selected also includes an extra space on the end. This allows you to move the word to another part of the sentence without having to add and delete spaces.  (In a few applications you can even use a triple-click, which selects an entire paragraph. This works in most browsers and MS Word and Wordpad. )

I also use double-clicks when working in the Crystal Reports formula editor. If you double-click on literal word (within quotes), Crystal will select that word (but no trailing spaces). If you double click inside a field name Crystal will select either the table name (before the period) or the field name (after the period).  If you double-click on the name of a variable or function, Crystal will select that name with no spaces.
I find this very helpful when copying and pasting values.

I also use Notepad++ to write both Crystal formulas and SQL commands. When you double click a word in Notepad++ it not only selects that word and highlights it; it also highlights every other instance of that word in the document. This makes it easy to see where a specific table, field or value is being used.

(For examples of my most popular formulas, please visit the FORMULAS page on my website.)

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