How to Enable or Disable Single Click in Ubuntu Linux



The post explains how to enable single-click mode to open files/folders in Ubuntu Linux, which usually requires double-click by default. The switch can be made in File Manager preferences under ‘Action to Open Items’, aiding users who struggle with double-clicking. The change applies instantly and can be reversed similarly.

This post describes steps to turn on or off a single or click to 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.

Not everyone can double-click or do it properly. You can instead choose to have files and folders open when you click on them once. When you use single-click mode, you can hold down the CTRL key while clicking to select one or more files.

Ubuntu Linux allows that, too.

When you turn on a single click in File Manager preferences, users can open files and folders simply by clicking on them without the need to double-click.

Below is how to do that in Ubuntu Linux.

How to turn on or off single-click to open an item on Ubuntu Linux

As mentioned above, Ubuntu Linux allows double clicks to open files and folders by default. However, users who cannot use the double clicks feature can turn on single clicks.

To change to a single click, open File Manager in Ubuntu Linux and go to Options -> Preferences.

Under General, select the Action to Open Items option on the Preferences window and change the click mode.

  • Single click
  • Double click

To change back to Double click, choose that instead.

The changes should apply immediately after changing the click mode.

That should do it!


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