How to Enable a Single Click to Open Icons on Windows 10

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Double-clicking is the standard method of opening a desktop icon in Windows. It aims to prevent “accidental openings”. However, some people may want to access files and applications with one click instead. If you are one of them, here is how to change this setting.

Activation of the simple click function in Windows 10

To change the default for opening duplicate files and folders at the click of a mouse, head to the Start menu. Find “File Explorer”, then click it when it appears or press Enter.

In the window, go to View> Options> Change Folder and Search Options.

In the pop-up window, select the “One click to open an item (tap to select)” radio button.

After selecting this option, the icons will be underlined (like a hyperlink) when you hover over them. If you want the icon titles to be underlined permanently, select the “Underline icon titles compatible with my browser” radio button.

Now that you’ve enabled this setting, if you want to select an icon without opening it, hover your mouse over it for a moment.

You can also ask Windows to present a check box on each item to allow you to select it. To activate this option, click on the “Display” tab in the “Folder options” pop-up window and scroll down to “Advanced settings”. Check the box next to “Use checkboxes to select items”, then click “OK”.

These options should increase your efficiency and give you more flexibility on your Windows 10 device.

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