General Open Item with Single-click or Double-click in Windows 11


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You can set Windows to open an item with a single-click/tap or double-click/tap.

The Single-click to open an item (point to select) option allows you to open an item with a single click/tap, and to select an item by hovering the pointer over the item. Single-click will also allow you to select to "underline icon titles consistent with my browser" or "underline icon titles only when I point at them".

The Double-click to open an item (single-click to select) option allows you to open an item with a double click/tap, and to select an item with a single click/tap on the item.

This tutorial will show you how to open items with a single-click or double-click for your account in Windows 11.


It will always only take a single-click to open items on the taskbar and Start menu.



Contents

  • Option One: Open Item with Single-click or Double-click in Folder Options
  • Option Two: Open Item with Single-click or Double-click using BAT file




Option One

Open Item with Single-click or Double-click in Folder Options


1 Open Folder Options.

2 Do step 3 (single-click) or step 4 (double-click) below for what you want.


 3. Open Item with Single-Click

A) In the General tab, select (dot) Single-click to open an item (point to select). (see screenshot below)​

B) Select (dot) Underline icon titles consistent with my browser or Underline icon titles only when I point at them for what you want.​

C) Click/tap on OK.​

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 4. Open Item with Double-Click

This is the default setting.


A) In the General tab, select (dot) Double-click to open an item (single-click to select). (see screenshot below)​

B) Click/tap on OK.​

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Option Two

Open Item with Single-click or Double-click using BAT file


1 Do step 2 (single-click, underline-browser), step 3 (single-click, underline-point), or step 4 (double-click) below for what you would like to do.


 2. Open Item with Single-click (point to select), and Underline Icon Titles Consistent with Browser

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 5.​

Single-click-to_open_item_and_Underline_icon_titles_consistent_with_browser.bat


(contents of .bat file)
Code:
@echo off

REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer" /V IconUnderline /T REG_DWORD /D 3 /F
REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer" /V ShellState /T REG_BINARY /D 240000001ea8000000000000000000000000000001000000130000000000000062000000 /F

:: To kill and restart explorer
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe


 3. Open Item with Single-click (point to select), and Underline Icon Titles when Pointed at

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 5.​

Single-click-to_open_item_and_Underline_icon_titles_only_when_point_at.bat


(contents of .bat file)
Code:
@echo off

REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer" /V IconUnderline /T REG_DWORD /D 2 /F
REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer" /V ShellState /T REG_BINARY /D 240000001ea8000000000000000000000000000001000000130000000000000062000000 /F

:: To kill and restart explorer
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe


 4. Open Items with Double-click and Single-click to Select

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 5.​

Double-click-to_open_item_and_single-click_to_select.bat


(contents of .bat file)
Code:
@echo off

REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer" /V ShellState /T REG_BINARY /D 240000003ea8000000000000000000000000000001000000130000000000000062000000 /F

:: To kill and restart explorer
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

5 Save the .bat file to your desktop.

6 Unblock the .bat file.

7 Run the downloaded .bat file.

8 If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes to approve.

9 You will now see a command prompt quickly open and close, and your screen flicker as the explorer process is restarted to apply the registry changes.

10 You can now delete the .bat file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Is there any way to change to Taskbar behaviour so that double-click opens an application from there?
I find it a severe irritation that double-click seems to work everywhere but the Taskbar! I am forever double-clicking items on the Taskbar and opening two instances of some applications.
 

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