How to Enable or Disable Single-Clicking Feature in Windows

The location of the setting where you enable the single-click of icons to open them always escapes me. I can never find it when I want to change it on my Mom’s computer. Single-click irritates me, but here’s how to enable or disable it in Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP.

Windows 8, 7, & Vista

  1. Open the “Control Panel“.
  2. Select “Appearance and Personalization“.
  3. Choose “Specify single- or double-click to open“.
    Win7 Folder options to single click
  4. In the click items as follows section, choose between “Single click to open an item” or “Double-click to open an item“.
    Win7 single click settings


Windows XP

  1. Click “Start > “Control Panel“.
  2. Open Folders.
  3. Check the option for Single click to open an item to enable single-click to open items. Check Double-click to open item to disable the single-click feature.

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