Enable/Disable Single-Clicking Feature

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 7, Vista and XP.

Windows 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



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.


  1. Ann says

    For some reason, with all these settings, my click on a file or folders open it. If I try to move it, it opens instead. How do I make dbl click to open default?

  2. Geraldo says

    Wish that worked for me. I go to start/control panel/appearance/folder options in Win 7, and the single click is actually grayed out, the double-click button is active, and it still only does single-click to open folder and files.

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