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Windows 7: Clicking anywhere on file line selects file


10 Jun 2010   #1
dhinged

Windows 7
 
 
Clicking anywhere on file line selects file

I'm trying to do things like select multiple files (or folders), paste a file, or create a new file/folder but if I click anywhere on the line, it selects the file as if I was clicking on the file name. It means I have to click in a blank area (outside of a column or line) to do any of this stuff and it's very annoying.

Windows XP only selected the file if I clicked on the file name; how do I get this functionality in Windows 7?


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10 Jun 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello dhinged and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might consider trying select using a check box instead to see if that may work better for you for this.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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10 Jun 2010   #3
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

That's weird. I actually got frustrated the other day at the fact that clicking on the line doesn't highlight the file. I haven't tried this out, but maybe it depends on whether it's in list mode or details mode as to whether clicking on the line selects it or not?
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10 Jun 2010   #4
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Open a folder and click on Tools - Folder Options

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Make sure it says Double Click to Open Item.

Also under view you can select Use Check Boxes to Select Item.

What you are describing I believe is the way Win 7 works and cannot be changed.

Jim


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12 Jun 2010   #5
dhinged

Windows 7
 
 

It actually worked on my work laptop but I'm not sure what the difference was so I'll have to play with it more.

My beef is that if Windows 7 can do this, there should at least be an option for it.

Selecting by checkbox is much more difficult as I want to drag a highlight box around a select group of files, not just one or the entire list. Considering Windows XP did this, not having that option in Windows 7 would be a downgrade.
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12 Jun 2010   #6
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dhinged View Post

Selecting by checkbox is much more difficult as I want to drag a highlight box around a select group of files, not just one or the entire list.
The checkbox will let you select multiple files by clicking on each files checkbox.

Jim
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12 Jun 2010   #7
oldtraveler

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Using Win7 64bit Home premium I am able to open a folder and AFTER I hold down the Shift key, I can then select as long list of files as I want.

Works for the Ctrl key too.

I use single click.
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12 Jun 2010   #8
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by oldtraveler View Post
Using Win7 64bit Home premium I am able to open a folder and AFTER I hold down the Shift key, I can then select as long list of files as I want.

Works for the Ctrl key too.

I use single click.
The neat thing about the check box is you don't have to hold down any keys to select multiple files. Just point and click.

Jim
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