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Windows 7: In Explore Double Clicking a Folder gives Properties

14 Aug 2010   #11

Windows 7

Any chance you're using StrokeIt? I find that when I use the close gesture it leads to the alt key sticking. It doesn't do it every time either. Unfortunately none of the alternatives mention in their forums works for me.

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14 Aug 2010   #12
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Hi teamyoyo, instead of double clicking a folder/file to open, have you tried to use single click? Which is in 'Folder Options'?

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14 Aug 2010   #13

Windows 7

Just tried it and the alt key still sticks. I believe it's a problem with Strokeit (and maybe other programs) not properly releasing the alt key. It's easy enough to clear by pressing the alt key but it's a pain in the pi gu especially when you try and type.
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30 Jul 2012   #14

Windows 7 Pro 23 bit

I didn't see any final solutions here.
I've got the same issue, but it's definitely nothing to do with my hardware or any settings on my local machine.
I VNC into 2 servers which are running substantially the same setup.
Obviously, I'm using the same laptop, touchpad, settings etc to access both servers.
A few weeks ago one of these two servers started doing exactly this - double-click brings up 'Properties' instead of opening.
I checked the mouse settings for the offending server but they're still set to normal right-handed mode, nothing different.
One of Life's Little Mysteries so far.
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30 Aug 2013   #15

Win 7 64-bit Professional

Hi There,

I don't know if this will fix all scenarios but I had the exact same symptoms, mouse settings as normal, properties menu when left clicking any folder.

Fix: Double tap the alt key.

Do this and if still the same try shift + alt.

I joined to post this fix.
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