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Is it possible to automatically 'select all' when I left click in a browser address/search bar.

I know it's only one more click by right clicking and then choosing 'select all' and I probably sound a bit fussy but it's feature I like.

I'm using Ubuntu 12.10 64bit, Chrome and Firefox

Thanks in advance.

As an update, Chrome now does this automatically

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then you need to new key to click at address bar – Raja Dec 6 '12 at 17:04
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An alternative option is to double click anywhere in the address bar, which will automatically seleect the entire closest word. In the case of a URL that is the entire line. Concerning the search bar, you can also double click to select a word and triple click to select the entire content.

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fro chrome I think, a click on address will select all. (I am not able to test it now) – Web-E Dec 6 '12 at 17:11
@Zilvador Triple click works well and probably something I could get used too, Thanks – Chris Carter Dec 6 '12 at 17:13
@Web-E Not in chrome it doesn't – Chris Carter Dec 6 '12 at 17:14

For anyone interested I have found an answer for this, if only in Firefox.

In Firefox url bar type


After heeding the "Here be Dragons" warning either search for or scroll to




Double click to toggle.

Set browser.urlbar.doubleClickSelectsAll to false and set browser.urlbar.clickSelectsAll to true

enter image description here

This will work in the url bar but not the search bar, I tend to use the url bar for search also so it wont overly bother me.

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Actually there is a Automatic key for this . I have tried this in Firefox . Press F6 Functional key one time . then it will select the address bar automatically .

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I have never grown accustomed to using keyboard shortcuts, I will try between this and the triple click option and see which becomes the more natural to use. Have a feeling it will be the triple click. Thanks – Chris Carter Dec 6 '12 at 17:18
@ChrisCarter welcome :D – Raja Dec 6 '12 at 17:20

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