In my experience, you generally can hover the mouse cursor over a word, tap thrice without lifting your finger on the third tap, and the word will turn selected. Then you drag your finger across the touchpad and the selection follows your movements. This way you can select as much text as you want.
It is basically a variant of 2-tap and 4-tap continuous selection with the difference that 2-tap selects character-wise, 3-tap selects word-wise and 4-tap selects line-wise.
In other words:
- 1 brief tap — put (an invisible) selection cursor in the mouse cursor position (as far as I understand)
- 1 brief tap followed by 2nd dragging tap — extend the selection character-wise.
- 2 brief taps — select the word under the mouse cursor.
- 2 brief taps followed by 3rd dragging tap — extend the selection word-wise.
- 3 brief taps — select the line under the mouse cursor.
- 3 brief taps followed by 4th dragging tap — extend the selection line-wise.
In OpenBSD 7.0 on ThinkPad T530, after adding
/etc/wsconsctl.conf to make tapping recognized,
#1, #2, #3, #5 & #6 work fine but #4 doesn't work.
Or in other words,
2-tap continuous character-wise selection and 4-tap continuous line-wise selection work fine
but 3-tap continuous word-wise selection doesn't. The 3rd dragging tap doesn't expand the selection. The selection remains sticked to the first word and dragging your finger across the touchpad doesn't change the selection.