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Windows 7: folder options / single-click or double-click

26 Jul 2009   #1

Windows 7 / Windows XP/SP3
folder options / single-click or double-click


I came up to a problem that I cannot solve. Using the Explorer (not IE but the plain explorer to organize folders and files) I cannot change the behaviour of an Active Desktop like in WinXP or others.

I am very used to this procedure: single click = mark an object / doubleclick = execute an object.

Unfortunately, the Explorer just uses the option single click = execute. I remembered the option in XP/Vista, that you can go to Extras -> folder options -> Select Elements and tick a radio button for the Active Desktop method or the classic method (execute via doubleclick). Just as described in the tutorial "Single-Click or Double-Click to Open an Item" within this forum.

I tried this, and now I'm getting nuts: The radio button is already put on the classic mode (execute by doubleclick, select by single click). The other option is grey, i.e. it cannot be selected.

I guess, there's some tick wrong in the registry or else, but I cannot find out which. Does anyone has an idea what can be done?

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26 Jul 2009   #2


The checkbox/radio button option is under the View tab in the same dialog.
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26 Jul 2009   #3

Windows 7 / Windows XP/SP3

...yes it is. But it is deactivated (grey font). So I cannot choose between the two options. "Single-Click to select / Double-Click to Execute" is the only checkbox that can be selected (see screenshot)

And the weird thing: The option I want (double-click to execute) *is* selected, but Windows 7 doesn't do it
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26 Jul 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)

Try getting used to single click. Seriously, after a short period of accomodation, you'll probably come to realize it's better anyway.
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26 Jul 2009   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Doclouis, and welcome to Seven Forums.

A repair install should be able to restore this for you without losing anything.

Hope this helps,
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27 Jul 2009   #6

Windows 7 / Windows XP/SP3

Hello Brink,

thank you for your advice - the repair install made it all fine again.

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27 Jul 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

You're welcome Doclouis.
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04 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 Bit) - Version 6.1

Hello everyone,

The repair install should not necessary. This fix in the Registry-editor re-enables selections in the Folder options menu.

The trick is to set ClassicShell to 0 in [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer].

Regards from the Netherlands,

By the way, I really loves this great forum, please keep up the good work in this community!
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09 May 2014   #9


Thank You !!!

Been looking for this fix all morning. Worked like a charm!
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