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Using Alternative Mouse Behavior

The mouse behavior described in "The Mouse" and "Icons" in Chapter 1 is the default. Windows' alternative setting is a weblike interface, letting you open icons by single-clicking—instead of double-clicking, which can be awkward for beginners. (Right-clicking and dragging remain unchanged.)

To open items with a single click:

  1. Choose Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Folder Options > General tab (Figure 4.61).

    Figure 4.61

    Figure 4.61 You can open items in folders and on the desktop by single-clicking them, just as you click a link on a webpage. To select an item without opening it, move the pointer over it.


    Choose Start, type folder options in the Search box, and then press Enter.

  2. In the Click Items As Follows section, select Single-Click to Open an Item (Point to Select).
  3. Choose icon title underlining: permanent (like links on a webpage) or temporary (only when you point to icons).
  4. Click OK (or Apply).

The instructions in this book assume that you use the default behavior, but if you choose the alternative:

  • There's no more double-clicking. To open an icon, click it. To select an icon, move the pointer over it; don't click.
  • To select multiple icons, hold down the Ctrl or Shift key while moving the pointer over each desired icon; again, don't click. Ctrl selects individual icons; Shift selects a range of icons.
  • To rename an icon, point to it, press F2, type the name, and then press Enter.


    Right-click it, choose Rename, type the name, and then press Enter.

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