How to Enable or Disable Hover Click in Ubuntu Linux



The post outlines how to enable or disable the Hover Click feature in Ubuntu Linux. By default, double clicks are needed to open items to avoid accidental opening, but single-click mode can be enabled for those who find double-clicking challenging. Furthermore, the Hover Click feature, which automates clicking after suspending the mouse over a control,…

This post describes steps to turn on or off Hover Click to select or open an item in Ubuntu Linux.

By default, it takes double clicks to open an item in File Manager in Ubuntu Linux. The double clicks feature is meant to prevent the accidental opening of items when opening files and folders.

Those who cannot correctly use double-click can enable single-click, which allows users to click once to open items. When you use single-click mode, you can hold down the CTRL key while clicking to select one or more files.

If clicking is a problem for others, they can enable the Hover Click feature in Ubuntu Linux.

When Hover Click is enabled, you can move your mouse pointer over a control, let go of the mouse, and then wait for a while before clicking the button.

Below is how to do that in Ubuntu Linux.

How to turn it on or off Hover click in Ubuntu Linux

As mentioned above, Hover Click allows you to move your mouse pointer over a control, let go of the mouse, and then wait for a while before the button is clicked for you.

Below is how to enable or disable in Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings, as highlighted below.

In the Settings app, click on the Accessibility tile to open the panel.

In the System Settings -> Accessibility panel, under Pointing & Clicking, select Click Assist tile to expand.

On the Click Assist pop-up window, toggle the Hover Click switch to the On position to enable.

To disable it, toggle the switch back to the Off position.

It will gradually change color when you hover your mouse pointer over a button and do not move it. When it has entirely changed color, the button will be clicked.

Adjust the Delay setting to change how long you have to hold the mouse pointer still before clicking.

That should do it! You can now close the Settings app.


This post showed you how to enable or disable Hover Click in Ubuntu Linux. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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