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Windows 7: Highlighting multiple files too slow

02 May 2009   #1
blued

W7 x64
 
 
Highlighting multiple files too slow

Hi,

When I want to select many files in a folder, I have to pause over each one for a while until it changes from a translucent shade to solid. This annoys the hell out of me as it slows me down when working in Windows. TBH, this was a problem in Vista as well, but I always seemed to fix it by unchecking some of the visual options. This doesnt seem to work in Windows 7. Any a solution to this?

Thanks


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02 May 2009   #2
12eason

Windows 7077
 
 

Drag a selection box around them? Hold down Ctrl when you select them?
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02 May 2009   #3
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Blued,

You can also use the option in the tutorial below to turn selecting files by checking them. It is the same in Windows 7.

Select Files using Check Boxes - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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02 May 2009   #4
blued

W7 x64
 
 

Thanks for the replies guys. The way I've always selected multiple files was to hold control and move the curser over the files. This was very quick if involving many files in random places and the files would be highlighted instantaneously. I think this is much quicker than using check boxes or clicking on the individual files.

However, I cant seem to do that in W7. I mean I'm sure I can but I wish I knew which setting controlled the highlight behavior and why it paused for so long to be highlighted. This issue existed in Vista as well, but was easily solved by unchecking some of the visual options which doesnt seem to work in W7.

Thanks.
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02 May 2009   #5
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Blued,

I have mine set to single click in Folder Options, and have about a 1/2 second auto select when hovering on an item. You might double check to make sure that you do not have it set to double click instead.
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03 May 2009   #6
blued

W7 x64
 
 

Ha ha, found it! It was this setting in the registry that caused the highlight delay:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse]
"MouseHoverTime"="400"

I knocked off a couple of zeros, its now 4. Logged off/on and highlighting is immediate now.
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03 May 2009   #7
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted out.

For other's that have the same problem.

Mouse Hover Time - Change
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15 Oct 2015   #8
Synt4xError

Windows 10 x64 Enterprise
 
 

Hello,

Does anyone know how I can change this remotely? The end user is a pain and won't let me get on her machine.

Thank you.
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15 Oct 2015   #9
Synt4xError

Windows 10 x64 Enterprise
 
 

I just noticed this was a 2009 post. This issue is present in one of my users laptops. When accessing network locations, selecting files takes 3-5 sections per file. Same exact issue as blued. Local browsing is normal, it only happens on network locations.
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