Single-click Open File in Windows & Linux

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Double-click is from the 1990s. It should be ban'd. This page shows you how to setup single-click to open files, for {Microsoft Windows, Mac, Linux}.

WARNING: You need to stick with it for a week. I first tried it for few days, got annoyed, switched back. But after a month i gave it another try, and this time stick with it. Now i've been using single-click for many years, am happy with it.

Microsoft Windows

To turn on single-click in Windows, just go to Control Panel, Folder Options.

Windows folder options
Windows folder options

Turn on checkbox for selecting files.

Windows file selection checkbox
Folder Options. (In “Control Panel”, then “Folder Options”. (Windows 7 and Vista)) You can also turn on a check box visual indicator for file selection.


For Linux, how to set it up depends on your Window Manager. Usually it's in file manager preference.

linux file manager single click preference
Linux File Manager single-click preference, under Xfce. 〔➤ Linux Desktop: How to Switch to Gnome, KDE, Xfce, LXDE


Basically, Mac OS X does not let you do it.

Your best option is to buy a gaming mouse with programable buttons, and set one of the extra button to do double-click.

I recommend:

Logitech G602 mouse
Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse amazon


logitech mx master wireless mouse
Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse amazon

How to Select Single File

Hover mouse over item will automatically select it.

How to Select Multiple Files

To select multiple files, hold down Ctrl and hover or click.

Mouse Hover Auto-Raise Window

Another convenience is Mouse Hover to Auto-Raise Window.

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