Enable Single Click for Windows Files, Folders and Application Shortcuts

Enable Single Click in Windows

Do you know that you can open files and folders by doing a single click on Windows if, you will enable single click feature of your Windows PC. I am sure, few of them don’t know the single click feature of Windows.

Doesn’t make any difference whether you are using a laptop (touch-pad/wireless mouse) or desktop computer. By default, Windows operating system has set with double click option to open files, folders or any installed Windows application.

Many users don’t like this, double click feature in a Windows computer, mostly old age computer users. They have hard time to use a mouse with double click feature to open any file or folder.

Sometimes they got frustrated by doing double click with no result. Reason behind, double click works if you do click fast. If someone takes a time between double click, operating system won’t initiate the command properly.

Therefore, many users tend to prefer the Single Click option to open files and folders instantly as they clicked.

How to Configure Mouse Single Click Settings?

So here is the good news for you all, Yes, there is a provision in Windows wherein you can configure or enable single click in the operating system.

This article shows you a complete guide to configure or enable single click in Windows computer. The steps shown in this post are for Windows 10. Although, steps in Windows Vista. 7 and 8.1 are bit vary.

Step 1. Open Windows Control Panel.

To open control panel, press Win + R to open Run dialog box and type, control then, hit OK button to open.

Step 2. Now, go to the top right of the control panel screen and navigate to View by: and from the drop down, change category to Small icon to get entire control panel component list.

Step 3. Locate and click File Explorer Options to open it (In Windows 7 & 8.1, click on Folder Options)

single mouse click configuration

Step 4. File Explorer Options properties will be on your screen. Under General Tab, select radio button of “Single-click to open an item (point to select)”.

By default, Underline icon titles consistent with my browser is selected.

Then, click Apply and OK to close file explorer properties.

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Step 5. Once you are done with above steps, that means we have successfully configured or enabled single click option to open files, folders or any software application shortcut.

Now all of the files, folders and shortcuts are underlined. Just doing a single click, it will open for you. Check below image:

single mouse click

Note: Whenever, you want to restore to default mouse click settings, just go to the step 4 and click Restore Defaults button and click Apply and OK.

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