In elementary OS Freya, a single-click on file or folder will do the action of opening it. Although this is great for people who start using elementary as their first OS, it could be a frustrating experience for those switching from Windows or other Linux distro where typically double-click is needed to open any item. In this tutorial, let’s learn how to enable double-click to open files and folders.
Method 1: From GSETTINGS
This is a preferred method over any other method for enabling single click on Files and Folders. What we do is change the preferences in the elementary OS pantheon files. This is safer way which will cause no adverse effects. The only down side of this method is to remember the command line just in case you want to configure files to use double click again or simply bookmark this page and you have it when needed! Launch ‘Terminal’ from Applications, and copy paste the following code. Then hit enter.
gsettings set org.pantheon.files.preferences single-click false
If you want to revert the changes, just change the word ‘false’ to ‘true’ in the above command line.
Method 2: Elementary Tweaks GUI
Step 1: Add Canonical Partners Repository
First thing to do if you haven’t done it already after installing elementary Freya is to turn on sources repository in the elementary software updater settings.
Launch ‘Software Updater’ and wait for it to scan the updates.
Then click on ‘Settings’ to open the Software Updater settings.
In the software tab, check the box that says ‘Canonical Partners’ ‘Software packaged by Canonical for their partners’. You will be asked to enter the administrator password and then agree to reload so that it downloads the update from the just added new repository.
Step 2: Install Tweaks tool
Launch ‘Terminal’ and enter the following commands one at a time.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mpstark/elementary-tweaks-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install elementary-tweaks
Go to ‘Settings’ app, you will see ‘Tweak’ tool.
Step 3: Enable double-click to open files and folders
In ‘Tweaks’, click ‘Files’ in the left pane and then turn off ‘Single Click’. That’s it, you have now successfully enabled double-click for opening files and folders.