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    Open Items with Single-Click or Double-Click in Windows 10

    Open Items with Single-Click or Double-Click in Windows 10

    How to Open Items with Single-Click or Double-Click in Windows 10
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    27 Jan 2017
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    How to Open Items with Single-Click or Double-Click in Windows 10

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    You can set Windows to open an item when you single-click/tap or double-click/tap on it.

    The single-click option allows you to open items (ex: files and folders) with a single tap or left click, and to select items by hovering the pointer over the item. Single-click will also allow you to select to "underline icon titles consistent with my browser" or "underline icon titles only when I point at them".

    The double-click option allows you to open items (ex: files and folders) with a double tap or left click, and to select items with a single tap or left click on the item.

    This tutorial will show you how to open items with a single-click or double-click in your account in Windows 10.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: Set to Open Items with Single-Click or Double-Click in File Explorer Options
    • Option Two: Set to Open Items with Single-Click or Double-Click using a BAT file







    Open Items with Single-Click or Double-Click in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Open Items with Single-Click or Double-Click in Windows 10
    Set to Open Items with Single-Click or Double-Click in File Explorer

    1. Open File Explorer Options.

    2. Do step 3 (single-click) or step 4 (double-click) below for what you would like to do.


     3. Set to Open Items with Single-Click

    A) In the General tab, select (dot) Single-click to open an item (point to select). (see screenshot below)

    B) Select (dot) Underline icon titles consistent with my browser or Underline icon titles only when I point at them for what you want.

    C) Click/tap on OK.

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     4. Set to Open Items with Double-Click

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) In the General tab, select (dot) Double-click to open an item (single-click to select), and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    Open Items with Single-Click or Double-Click in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Open Items with Single-Click or Double-Click in Windows 10
    Set to Open Items with Single-Click or Double-Click using a BAT file

    1. Do step 2 (single-click, underline-browser), step 3 (single-click, underline-point), or step 4 (double-click) below for what you would like to do.


     2. Open Items with Single-Click, and Underline Icon Titles Consistent with Browser

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Single-Click-to_Open_Items-Underline_consistent_with_browser.bat

    download


     3. Open Items with Single-Click, and Underline Icon Titles when Pointed at

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Single-Click-to_Open_Items-Underline_when_point_at.bat

    download


     4. Open Items with Double-Click

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Double-Click-to_Open_Items.bat

    download


    5. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

    6. Unblock the .bat file, and run the .bat file.

    7. You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt quickly open and close as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

    8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    10 Feb 2016 #1
    Join Date : Oct 2014
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    Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16281

    I've been doing this for years. I'm pretty sure it was Vista or Windows 7 when I first discovered 'single click'.

    Now, when I'm working on someone else's computer, I'm lost until I realize I have to double click.
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  2.    10 Feb 2016 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046
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    LOL, I find myself always doing the same.
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  3.    6 Days Ago #3
    Join Date : Mar 2016
    Posts : 131
    Windows 10

    Asked the following in general-support, @philc43 suggested I ask it here:

    I have 2 computers running Windows 10, my main computer is Version 1709 Build 16299.64, the one in my shop is Version 1703 Build 15063.726, the view option on both computers is:


    On the shop computer when I point at a file it highlights the file and lets me mouse over to one of the commands, Delete, Rename, etc. On the main computer when I point at a file in underlines it and when I mouse up to the commands the underline goes away.

    Did the new version of Windows 10 change the way it handles this?
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  4.    6 Days Ago #4
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046
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    Hello rboppy,

    I see the same thing in build 17046 using those settings.
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  5.    6 Days Ago #5
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    Windows 10

    Thanks for the reply Brink,

    Is the any way to get it back the way it was?
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  6.    6 Days Ago #6
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    I haven't noticed a way yet.
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  7.    6 Days Ago #7
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    I hope you do!
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  8.    6 Days Ago #8
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    Well, selecting Underline icon titles consistent with my browser is now working again for me.

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  9.    6 Days Ago #9
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    There seems to be some miscommunication here. This is my shop computer:
    Click image for larger version. 

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    From here I can mouse up to the commands.

    This is my main computer:
    Click image for larger version. 

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    When I attempt to mouse up the selection goes away, the only way I can run a command is using the keyboard or right-clicking the item.

    Choosing the option to 'underline icon consistent with my browser' leaves right-click as the only way to run a command.

    Right-click is ok but it leaves most of the commands on the Home tab useless.
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