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  1. Brink's Avatar
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       07 Dec 2017 #10

    Ok, I understand now. The item is not being selected (highlighted) anymore on your main computer. I thought it was only not staying underlined.

    If you haven't already, see if restarting the explorer process using an option below may sort this for you if it's just a glitch.

    Restart explorer.exe Process in Windows 10 General Tips Tutorials
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  2.    07 Dec 2017 #11

    Easy fix! Thanks again Brink.
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  3. Brink's Avatar
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       07 Dec 2017 #12

    You're most welcome. :)
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  4.    27 Aug 2018 #13

    Any way to get a little more "selective" ? About what works that way?


    I actually LIKED the single click for running programs when I found it does that on TaskBar Icons. I was very disappointed when I discovered that Program icons in the Taskbar DO activate by Single Click BUT the same icon on desktop takes a double click. I knew about the place to modify needed clicks in folder Options/ Settings and figured it would be the way to fix that. But Not so fast..
    It ALSO changes opening files and folders to a single click which just won't do. It is too easy to accidentally open a file or folder I was just trying to drag somewhere else. If i could get ALL "program" icons on both Desktop and Taskbar to go active with a single click BUT retain the required double click to open a folder or file, That would be my preferred option.
    How about it? Do you have any nifty registry edits that would fix that?
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       27 Aug 2018 #14

    Hello questorfla,

    I wish I did for you. Unfortunately, it's a global setting applied to everything.

    When using single click, you are able to select an item in File Explorer and on the desktop by hovering over it.

    You might play with using check boxes to select items to see if that may help any.

    Turn On or Off Select Items using Check Boxes in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  6. Wynona's Avatar
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       28 Aug 2018 #15

    questorfla said: View Post
    I actually LIKED the single click for running programs when I found it does that on TaskBar Icons. I was very disappointed when I discovered that Program icons in the Taskbar DO activate by Single Click BUT the same icon on desktop takes a double click. I knew about the place to modify needed clicks in folder Options/ Settings and figured it would be the way to fix that. But Not so fast..

    It ALSO changes opening files and folders to a single click which just won't do. It is too easy to accidentally open a file or folder I was just trying to drag somewhere else. If i could get ALL "program" icons on both Desktop and Taskbar to go active with a single click BUT retain the required double click to open a folder or file, That would be my preferred option.
    How about it? Do you have any nifty registry edits that would fix that?
    I've been using this for years; when I want to drag and drop, I just make sure I hold down the left mouse button when I click, rather than letting it go (which you will until you forget about double clicking). It takes a little practice, but I no longer open something I'm going to drag and drop.

    Another thing that works is to select a file, then drag and drop . . . hover the mouse over the file and it's highlighted; then click and hold down the left mouse button to drag it to where you want it.

    It doesn't really take all that long to get the hang of it; my hardest thing to learn was to not double click!
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