My website has a drop-down list that displays all countries, grouped by continent. A user has to select all the countries he needs, as shown in the following figure:

Drop-down list

The main issue here is the user cannot click on a continent label and select all its countries. Is there a better solution to this problem?

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    Surely there's no reason why clicking on a continent couldn't select its countries, if that would be the most usable solution? It's just a case of implementing that behaviour. That would be an off-topic discussion though.
    – Matt Obee
    Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 15:47
  • Of course it's possible to implement this behaviour, but I'm curious to know if there are better solutions out there.
    – naf
    Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 15:51

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Continent label has a different style than the rest of the list, it has a header style so it will be strange if it's also clickable.

An easy win could be to include in the first row of each continent group something like: "All countries", in the way when it's clicked will select the whole continent.

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