I seem to remember seeing a tip once where there was a setting in System Preferences where you can define "programming" as a language or something so that double-clicking on a hyphenated word selects the entire word, hyphen and all.

I did this on my older MBP and now can't remember how to do it for my new one (10.9.1)

  • what do you mean by define "programming" as a language or something
    – markhunte
    Commented Feb 11, 2014 at 16:12
  • there was a way to set in as a variant of English. Unless I'm hallucinating...
    – Steve
    Commented Feb 11, 2014 at 16:15
  • The only thing I can see that sounds like that is the Format language in language & region's Advance section
    – markhunte
    Commented Feb 11, 2014 at 16:23

2 Answers 2


There's a setting that might be what you're referring to:

OS X Preferences > Language & Region > Region > Americas > United States (Computer)

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    – Allan
    Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 21:38

Alas the 'Computer' language has been foolishly removed from the choices in macOS. That ':' is considered part of a word astounds me.

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