The text of the address bar changes as you commence a selection drag therefore selecting the wrong text

External Issue #7276516


Jools C.
Apr 20, 2016
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Found in
  • Microsoft Edge
Found in build #
Reported by 4 people

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Steps to reproduce

Browse to any website.
In the address bar, try to drag select the webpage’s path (not domain)
On mouse-down it will insert “http://” at the beginning of the URL, shifting the text under your mouse and starting your selection about 7 character away from where you clicked.


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  • Microsoft Edge Team

    Changed Assigned To to “Ibrahim O.”

    Changed Assigned To to “Christian F.”

    Changed Assigned To to “Dave B.”

    Changed Status to “External”

  • Very annoying. As a web developer I use it every minute, more or less.

    Trying to test Edge instead of Chrome, but I will survive this first day.

    More with same problem:

  • This bug was resolved as a duplicate of Deliverable 7103409, which has been resolved as Committed.

    Best regards,
    The MS Edge Team

  • Which build is the fix meant to be in? It’s been 3 months and it’s still broken in build 14.14393

  • Can we get an update on this? I can’t seem to find Deliverable 7103409, and it’s certainly not fixed yet (v 40.15063.0.0)

  • Still have the same issue on Microsoft Edge 40.15063.0.0

  • Changed Status from “External”

  • I’m reopening this because I can’t see how it has been resolved.

  • I’m adding a more detailed explanation of the problem here because it took about an hour to get across to support team what the issue was, all the while they insisted that the problem wasn’t present on their machines and that I perhaps had a corrupted user account. This issue is present for everyone in all versions of Edge.

    To understand the problem you should look at the attached (animated) Select.gif.
    What I am trying to do in that gif is to select the word "microsoft".
    Note how when I try to select the second instance of the word “microsoft” I end up selecting "en-us/m…". When I try to select the first instance of the word “microsoft” I end up selecting “eloper.m…”

    This is because when you mousedown into the address bar it introduces (unhides) the protocol, which shifts the text under your mouse. As the support team pointed out, this is “normal behaviour” in Edge. It is however bad behaviour. I have no doubt that it was intentionally designed and implemented this way. That said, it is a bad design that leads to a poor user experience.

    You can of course work around this by modifying your behaviour to always click into the address bar before you try to manipulate the address, but behaviour modification that slows down the user, to address the unique design choices of a browser with 5% market share is probably not a very good way to go.

    Also bear in mind that there is also a conflicting message in the current design. When you hover over the address it switches from being greyed out to black and white like an input field. What is this for if not to signal that this text is editable and ready to be interacted with. The intuitive interpretation of that signal is not true.

    I understand the desire to hide the protocol. Most users don’t care about and it takes up real estate. Please look at the approaches of the more user-friendly browsers. Firefox opts to always show it because after all no one is that disgusted by the protocol. Chrome opts to always hide it. If you want to change the protocol, you just insert it at the beginning. If you copy the URL it automatically inserts the protocol into your clipboard. Either approach is fine and much less infuriating than Edge’s.

  • Microsoft Edge Team

    Changed Status to “External”

  • Hello,

    Thank you for providing this information about the issue. We have confirmed the problem, and we are working on a solution for a future build of Edge. We are presently tracking this issue as a duplicate of an existing internal bug report, deliverable 10763559. We look forward to additional feedback you may have on how we can improve Microsoft Edge.

    Best Wishes,
    The MS Edge Team

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