Open Files and Folders With a Single Click [Windows 10]

By | September 3, 2017
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How to Open Files and Folders With a Single Click in Windows 10

If you’ve moved from older versions of Windows to Windows 10 were used to single-clicking to open files and folders, you’ll be glad to know that you have that same option on Windows 10. And it’s easy to change your file & folder options to make opening files and folders with a single click the default action on Windows 10.

  1. Open File Explorer by clicking its icon on the taskbar or press Windows Key + E
  2. In File Explorer, click on View (on the toolbar) then click “Options”  and “Change folder and search options” to open the Folder Options dialog:

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  3.  In the Folder Options dialog tick the circle next to “Single-click to open an item (point to select)”. You’ll see that when you do that “Underline icon titles only when I point at them” is also selected. We suggest you leave it that way, the other choice “Underline titles consistent with my browser” can get messy. Then click “Apply/OK”.

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That’s all there is to it. After you change these settings, you can open files and folders with a single-click. If you decide you want to go back to double-clicking to open files and folder, just go back to the Folder options dialog and tick the circle next to “Double-click to open an item (single-click to select)”. Click Apply / OK and you’re back to double-clicking to open files & folders for your default action.

Extra tip! You can also get to Folder options from Control Panel. In Large icon view, click on “File and folder options”. You can open Control Panel – even if you have no shortcut for it, by opening a run box (Windows Key +R). In the run box type CONTROL and press enter to open Control Panel.

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2 thoughts on “Open Files and Folders With a Single Click [Windows 10]

  1. linda wil;

    I’ve been single-clicking for years. I don’t understand why anyone would want to go the trouble of double-clicking. Maybe there’s something I don’t know about.

    1. infoave Post author

      For those who are new to Windows 10, the default is double-click to open folders & files. This tip was just to remind them, if they have a new or updated computer they can go back to single click quickly… this tip shows them how.


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