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Single-click always opens documents

by psaulm119 / November 2, 2008 11:21 PM PST

I have become increasingly irritated with the clicking on my laptop (Inspiron 1501). Even though XP is set to open with a double-click, I find when I drag and drop (I have to do this a lot--I have My Docs on a separate partition) that single-clicking to select, will often open the file. This is irritating and occasionally time-consuming as well. I have gone into the Control Panel and have a decent array of options with the touchpad (synaptics) and mouse controls, but I'm really not sure what to do. I tried increasing the sensitivity on the touchpad to "heavy touch" but that didn't solve the problem, and made me press significantly harder on the touchpad itself to move the cursor. This isn't really a touchpad problem so much as a cursor problem.

Almost every forum thread/blog post from a Google search turned up instructions on how to make Windows open files with a single-click. I can already do this (unfortunately) and am trying to get Windows not to. Sad

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Try this
by PudgyOne / November 3, 2008 11:17 AM PST

Open synaptics pointing device. Should be next to the clock.

Click on Buttons.

Try the doubling clicking speed and use the test area to check it.


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Great! Works so far...
by psaulm119 / November 3, 2008 1:27 PM PST
In reply to: Try this

The marker was in the middle, so I moved it almost all the way toward the right/fast. It seems to have worked on the few trials I just gave it. Thanks a lot. This is a major minor irritant, and I really don't know why it started doing this the past few months--it wasn't like this before. Anyways, thanks again.

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I had to change mine
by PudgyOne / November 3, 2008 1:35 PM PST
In reply to: Great! Works so far...

when I got my computer. I didn't like it because I would accidentally tap the pad and it would open things I didn't want to do.

Great job.


There are also other settings there that you may want to tweak.

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