This post shows students and new users the steps to activate a single (one) click to open an item when using Windows 11. By default, double clicks are required to open an item in Windows 11. Double clicks are intended to avoid accidental openings.

However, there may be some people who would like to open files and folders with one click, and if you are among them, the steps below will show you how. Making this change is pretty straightforward and simple. Just head over to File Explorer and enable a single click to open an item.

The new Windows 11 comes with many new features and improvements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that people will have to learn new ways of working and managing Windows 11.

If you’re excited about Windows 11, keep coming back for more helpful tutorials on it.

To get started enabling one click to open items in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to trigger one click to open an item in Windows 11

As mentioned above, the standard way to open items in Windows is to double-click them. If you want to click once to open files and folders, the steps below show you how.

First, go and open File Explorer in Windows 11. Alternatively, you can press the Windows key + E on the keyboard to open File Explorer.

Once open, click on the ellipse (three dots on the toolbar) and select Choices.

Windows 11 select options in file

About him general tab below Click the items as follows, select the option to enable Single click to open an item (point to select).

Windows 11 enables a single click to open items

With settings enabled, if you ever want to select an icon without opening it, just hover your mouse over it for a moment.

You can also enable the check boxes in File Explorer to allow you to select items without opening them.

Read the post below to enable the File Explorer checkboxes.

How to enable checkboxes in File Explorer

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In this tutorial we have seen how to enable one click to open an item in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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