This short tutorial is going to show you how to turn on single click to open items in both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin). When this feature is turned on, all you’ll need to do is click once on a folder to open or application icon to launch that application. This will come in handy if you have a bad mouse and double-clicking isn’t functioning properly for you.

Even though Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 are different operating systems, they are similar in many functions. Almost everything you do in Windows 7 can be done in Ubuntu 12.04. And if you’re just starting out with Ubuntu coming from Windows, this guide will give you a better understanding of how Ubuntu works.


  • Enable single click to open files and folders in Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04
  • Enjoy!

Enabling Single Click in Windows 7

To enable single click, go to Start –> Computer to open Windows Explorer. When it opens, click ‘Organize’ and select ‘Folder and search options’




Finally, select the option highlighted below ‘Single-click to open and item (point to select)’




That it!


Enabling Single Click in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)

To enable single click in Ubuntu 12.04, press Ctrl – N on your keyboard to open Nautilus. When it opens, click ‘Edit’ and select ‘Preferences’




Finally, select ‘Behavior’ tab and choose the highlighted option below ‘(Single click to open items)’