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Cantankerous 'highlight to quote or reply'

  1. Apr 21, 2017 #1

    jim hardy

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    When i click&hihglight with intent to quote or reply
    it takes multiple attempts to make the 'quote" and 'reply' buttons appear
    most recently five
    sometimes it just refuses until i reverse the direction of my sweep
    very rarely does it work first try



    is this a quirk of touchpads ? do you folks with legitimate mice have same frustration ?

    Is there some setting i need to tweak ? 3 finger drag is set 'off'
    Asusz computer with Synaptics touchpad & driver.
    Microshaft driver is completely unusable because it cant turn off tapping, so please don't suggest that..
     
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  3. Apr 21, 2017 #2

    phinds

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    Nope
     
  4. Apr 21, 2017 #3
    I just tested with my Asus laptop touchpad using Synaptics driver and it was just like using a mouse. What browser are you using?
     
  5. Apr 21, 2017 #4

    OCR

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    I don't... Firefox 53.0 and ASUS desktop.
     
  6. Apr 21, 2017 #5

    Mark44

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    Nope, I don't either.
     
  7. Apr 21, 2017 #6

    Mark44

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    There have been a few times in the past where I was not able to select some text to quote. If I refreshed the page in the browser, things worked as expected.
     
  8. Apr 21, 2017 #7
    I have had the same problem. Sometimes the "quote" system works fine, but sometimes there is a considerable delay. I have a Windows 10 machine and I'm using a mouse. I have very slow WiFi service right now. Sometimes PF seem very slow to the point of getting stuck, in which case I close the browser, then reopen and find that I'm logged off. But as I said, I can't really blame PF at this stage because my WiFi is horrible. I have problems sometimes with delayed response in other sites. "Refreshing" does not work for me in such cases. It may be somewhat browser dependent. I'm still looking into it.
     
  9. Apr 21, 2017 #8

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    Yup.
     
  10. Apr 21, 2017 #9
    I've tested the highlight quote on Win10 using the latest version of Chrome, FF, IE and Opera without problems. Those who have problem please state your browser, version and OS. Thanks!
     
  11. Apr 21, 2017 #10

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    IE; Win 10.
     
  12. Apr 21, 2017 #11
    Edge 38...?
     
  13. Apr 21, 2017 #12

    berkeman

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    This happens to me on my desktop moderately often. Most recently a few minutes ago. Reversing the direction of the click-drag does seem to usually fix the problem, but I don't remember if it always makes it work for me.

    I usually use Firefox and am on Windows Vista currently.

    A couple of times I thought it might be related to where the sentence(s) was in the post, like first sentence of the post, or first sentence of a paragraph, but I haven't been able to correlate it to anything yet. Knowing now that it happens to others sometimes, I will play with it more the next time it happens to me.
     
  14. Apr 21, 2017 #13
    Vista was garbage, upgrade asap! :biggrin:
     
  15. Apr 21, 2017 #14

    OCR

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    I don't know why, but my Quote │Reply buttons show immediately after I highlight text and let up on the left mouse button... maybe its Windows 10. ? lol

    I doesn't seem to matter what direction I use, or where I start... I can even grab one letter... ?

    If people are having trouble, here's something they might try, though... and make sure to keep the shift key held down.

    Reply button 1.jpg


    Damn... Paint, sucks ! .. :mad:






     
  16. Apr 21, 2017 #15

    berkeman

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    LOL. Thanks @OCR I'll try that variation if/when it happens again.
     
  17. Apr 21, 2017 #16

    OCR

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    You bet... :check:
     
  18. Apr 21, 2017 #17

    jim hardy

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    Firefox 52.0.1

    edit win 10 until i get courage to install this win7 disc i was lucky enough to acquire.

    edit Hmm Never thought about Shift key , will tinker with it
     
  19. Apr 22, 2017 #18

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  20. Apr 22, 2017 #19

    jim hardy

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    intermittent. Comes and goes, perhaps related to traffic density? Doing well here in the wee hours . Just worked fine twenty times in a row, sometimes it's the other way 'round..

    But here's one.

    CantankerousQuote.jpg


    Very next try
    CantankerousQuote2.jpg


    Aha - Zombie fingers ?
    It doesn't turn gray to let you know it's deselected until something else happens like click "Snip" button.
    CantankerousQuote3.jpg
    EDIT even that's inconsistent.

    "If Ever the Devil's Plan
    Was Made to Torment Man
    Jezebel, it was you". Frankie Lane
     
  21. Apr 22, 2017 #20

    OCR

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    I think you got it.... :thumbup:

    Pointer.JPG

    I put the pointer over by your avatar and sure enough... no buttons showed after I highlighted the text.

    I tried it on one of my posts, too... same deal, no buttons.

    Pointer 1.JPG

     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2017
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