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Windows 7: Using single-click, hovering over icons does not select them

30 Aug 2010   #1
paul1149

Win7 Ult x86, LinuxLiteOS
 
 
Using single-click, hovering over icons does not select them

I'm not sure what's going on here, but suddenly hovering over a desktop icon, or an item in Explorer, does not Select that item. I use single clicking, so there is no other direct way to select something without activating it except to hover. Would someone using single clicking confirm that once the desktop has focus, hovering selects icons?

Thanks.


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30 Aug 2010   #2
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

I use single click and yes, if I hover over an icon or file, I get a hand with finger to open the item.


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30 Aug 2010   #3
paul1149

Win7 Ult x86, LinuxLiteOS
 
 

Ok, thanks very much. That's exactly what I get - the hand, but the icon is not Selected. I know that's not the way it worked on XP, but I'm not sure of W7.
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31 Aug 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10166
 
 

Hello Paul,

I use single click and get the same thing as Jacee for icons on the desktop unless I click on the desktop to make it the focus. If the desktop is in focus, then it will select the icon when I hover over it after a second. This applies to items in Windows Explorer as well.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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31 Aug 2010   #5
paul1149

Win7 Ult x86, LinuxLiteOS
 
 

Thanks, Brink. That does help enormously. That is exactly the behavior I'm used to in XP, and that I'm certain Win7 did up to a couple of days ago. Now, it fails to Select after that second, which is a pain for many operations, such as Renaming.

I tried jogging the single-click setting, and I just tried jogging "hover activation" in CP/access, to no avail, and I have no further idea what to do. It's one of those small things that is a nuisance.

Be well,
p.
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31 Aug 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10166
 
 

Since it was only started a few days ago, you might see if doing a system restore using a restore point dated before this problem started.
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31 Aug 2010   #7
paul1149

Win7 Ult x86, LinuxLiteOS
 
 

Brink - bless you! I hadn't thought of that. I had to reach all the way back to a week ago, to my oldest restore point, for the Select to be restored, but it worked.

I learned something, too. When setting up a new system, or making a lot of changes, make sure the restore points are set to go deep.

Thanks for sharing your perspective on this. Problem solved. Now I need to go catch up the system.

p.
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31 Aug 2010   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10166
 
 

You're most welcome Paul. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
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