I like consistency and would like to have my computer system work the same way everywhere. Having to click something twice to make it work in one place and only having to click something once in another place makes no sense to me. Besides, the fewer times I have to click that mouse, the better. It’s better for the mouse and it’s better for me by helping to retain any sanity that may still remain. If running a program, any program, involves tons of clicks, then the interface sucks, and needs to be updated.
This week’s Quick Tips post will show you how to put links under all your Desktop icons so you can treat them like single-click links consistent with how your browser behaves.
Make It All Single-Click
Open the Control Panel and choose File Explorer Options (To open the Control Panel, simply click on the Start button and type control panel. It should be right at the top of the list.)
Note: If you would like to have a handy Control Panel icon on your Desktop, then please read this Windows 10 Quick Tips – Special Desktop Links article to learn how.
That should bring you to a window that looks like this:
Windows gives you a couple choices here. Remember what I said about consistency? Well, guess which route I take…
By clicking the View and/or Search tabs at the top of the File Explorer Options window shown above, you will find a lot more ways to change the default behavior of your system. Read them carefully and change only a couple at a time. If you change a lot of things all at once, it can become difficult to remember what you’ve done if you decide to revert to the previous settings (the Voice of Experience). Have fun!!
Willy-Nilly Double-Clicking People
I have a friend and client who double-clicks everything. And I mean everything— she even double-clicks links on websites! Despite all my advice, I have been unable to break her of this terrible habit. It can cause unexpected problems.
Older programs, for example, allowed you to open several instances of themselves. If you double-click these, you’ll find yourself running multiple copies of the same program. Double-clicking links in browsers might, if the timing is right, open several instances of the same web page in different Tabs, or might open more windows, depending on how you have things set up. This probably isn’t what you wanted. It wastes both time and system resources.
If you happen to be one of these compulsive double-clickers, then changing the above settings will put you in the unhappy position of having to break an old habit, which can be difficult if you’ve been doing it for years (decades?). Go “cold turkey”. Quit the double-clicking insanity, and you will eventually be glad you did. (That sounded like a quit smoking public service announcement.)
As always, if you have any helpful suggestions, comments or questions, please share them with us,