How to enable double-click to open Files and Folders in elementary OS Freya

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.

Launch Software Updater
Launch Software Updater

Then click on ‘Settings’ to open the Software Updater settings.

Software Update Settings
Software Update 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.

Turn ON Canonical Partners Repository Soruces
Turn ON Canonical Partners Repository Soruces

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

Terminal - Add Elementary Tweaks Daily Repository
Terminal – Add Elementary Tweaks Daily Repository

Go to ‘Settings’ app, you will see ‘Tweak’ tool.

Tweaks Tool added to Settings App
Tweaks Tool added to Settings App

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.

Tweaks - Turn OFF Single-click
Tweaks – Turn OFF Single-click

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