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How do I open Desktop icons with a single click?

Desktop icons are normally double-clicked to open.Q: I am unable to use a single click to open a desktop icon. Can you help please?

A: Windows 7’s desktop icons traditionally require a double-click to open.

A single-click does the trick on the Start menu and Taskbar, but the Desktop wants that extra effort of a double-click.

But if you don’t like that setup, here’s how to make a single-click open icons on the Desktop, as well:

  1. Open any folder, and click the Organize button near the top left corner.
  2. Choose Folder and Search Options from the drop-down menu.
  3. In the “Click Items as Follows” section, choose “Single-click to open an item (point to select)”
  4. Click the OK button.

That lets you open desktop icons — and icons within folders — with a single click.


Comment from Rob Kruckman
Time November 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Andy: I really liked both of your dummies books, XP and 7. They were very helpful to a non geek. Keep up the good work.

Comment from Mehdi Shahrifar
Time October 7, 2012 at 12:26 am

This explanation was the best. Thank you so much to share your knowledge.

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