Example link:

The artist John Doe shows us his cat!

I want to copy the text "John Doe" only.

It should work while holding Alt (according to this and this answer), but for me this would move the whole window instead. Am I doing something wrong? Has Ubuntu resp. Ubuntu’s Firefox a different key to allow this?


WinKey+Alt+Click works for me most of the times, although I'm not on Ubuntu, but on another Linux distro. WinKey is that key branded with the Redmond company logo.

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    This works for me. The "WinKey" is more commonly (in Ubuntu circles) called the Super key. – Jos Apr 2 '14 at 9:51
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    For me Alt + AltGr + drag works too. – pabouk Sep 4 '14 at 9:35

Alt+Click does not work under Linux, use Ctrl+Alt+Click instead

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    Hm, does it work for you? When I place my cursor in the middle of the link while holding Ctrl and Alt, it creates a border around the whole question (probably focuses the parent block level HTML element). – unor Apr 17 '13 at 10:32
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    Yes, get the same when trying links in the Q&A, but if I try it on links on the right, e.g. underneath Community Bulletin or Related, then it works for me. – koni_raid Apr 17 '13 at 11:12
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    Ah, right, for me too. Unfortunately, the link fires as soon as I release the mouse button. So I wouldn't be able to copy some text without opening the link, too. – unor Apr 17 '13 at 11:23

You can also disable Alt click window drag as shown at: How can I disable alt+click window dragging?

Once that is done, it is possible to select with Alt + Click.

Tested in Ubuntu 19.10.

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