Browser issue Shift+Click text selection in IE 11


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When using shift+click to create a text selection that selects text in front of the cursor, all text after the cursor until the end gets selected instead.

  • Put cursor in the middle of some text in plain text editor.
  • Shift+click at a piece of text _before_ the current cursor position.

Sometimes it happens for forward selecting too.

Seems to be an IE11 bug with textarea.

Quick test on IE9 in a virtual machine works ok.


XenForo developer
Staff member
That appears to just be a decision IE11 has taken to expand to word boundaries when selecting across a word boundary. You'll see the behavior is different if you select only within a word.

This is a browser-level decision really.