open icons with single click in linux mint 12

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open icons with single click in linux mint 12

Postby rajohns08 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:39 pm

in case anyone else was wondering, what i did was open up the home folder then:

edit > preferences > behavior tab > single click to open items

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Re: open icons with single click in linux mint 12

Postby DrHu » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:14 pm

OK, in fact I always use single clicks for any file manager: just abhor the default double-click option (rampant me too of window-like style)
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Re: open icons with single click in linux mint 12

Postby deminted » Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:26 am

An old post,I realise,but there's quite a lot wrong here, so this is for those that land here looking for the one-click solution.
This applies to a KDE version of Mint 13 Maya (Now,January '13).

I note that one can change to single-click behaviour in the file-manager Dolphin (only), but not as stated above.
The way to find prefs is not via edit-prefs any more, but a direct button on top row of dolphin, Settings, drop-down choice Configure Dolphin, panel Navigation.
However, there seems to be a messy BUG, that this also removes "Delete" from the context menu.
(One wonders if this was inserted by some resentful ex-Windohs bugg-er in an act of insurgency?)
The option to remove "delete" in the context menu (or not) lies in Settings, drop-down choice Configure Dolphin, panel General, tab Context Menu.

Anyway, the edit config solution corrects this

Navigate to this hidden config file (editing does not require special priviledge) :
'save as' to a backup, just in case it is needed,
then add these lines:


and save. that.The new config will only apply to new instances of Dolphin etc.
Included there is the line to reinstate the delete option in context menu.

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Re: open icons with single click in linux mint 12

Postby Mzee » Sun Jan 20, 2013 2:58 pm

I am running Mint 14 XFCE, but my friend uses an older version (Mint 9, I believe) and has found a simple solution which works for both of us.

It appears to us that this problem no longer exists. We used the following:

Go to Desktop
Click Edit, then Preferences
In File Manager Preferences, click Behaviour tab
Click in radio button "Single click to activate items"

That's it!

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