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 & Linux.

At first you may find it annoying. I first tried it for few days, got annoyed, switched back to normal double-click. But after a month, i went to single-click again, and this time stick with it. Now i've been using single-click for 4 years now, 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 Desktops Intro, X11, Window Maneger, How to Switch to Gnome, Xfce, LXDE, …

Select files, hold down Ctrl and Click

To Select files, hold down Ctrl and click. For single file, hoover mouse over item will automatically select it.

Mouse Hover Auto-Raise Window

Another convenience is Mouse Hover to Auto-Raise Window.

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