How to Enable Single Click on Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to turn on single (one) click to open an item when using Windows 11. By default, it takes double clicks to open an item on Windows 11. Double clicks feature is meant to prevent accidental opens.

However, there may be some people who would like to open an item with just one click, and if you are among them, the steps below will show you how to do that. To make this change is pretty straightforward and easy. Simply head over the File Explorer and enable single click to open an item.

The new Windows 11 comes with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.

If you’re excited about Windows 11, then keep coming back for more useful tutorials on it.

To get started with enabling single click to open items on Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to turn on one click to open an item on Windows 11

As mentioned above, the standard way to open items on Windows is to double click it. If you want to click once to open files and folder, then the steps below show you how to do that.

First, go and open File Explorer on Windows 11. Alternatively, you can press the Windows key + E on the keyboard to open File Explorer.

Once opened, click on the ellipse (three dots on the toolbar) and select Options.

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On the General tab, under Click items as follows, select the option to enable Single-click to open an item (point to select).

windows 11 enable single click to open items

With the settings enabled, if you ever want to select an icon without opening it, just hover your mouse over it for a moment.

You can also enable check boxes in File Explorer to allow you to select items without opening.

Read the post below to enable File Explorer check boxes.

How to turn on check boxes in File Explorer

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to turn on one click to open an item on Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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