Double-Click to open a File/Folder in Elementary OS Freya

Last updated: April 23, 2015

Elementary OS Freya

The default file browser in Elementary OS Freya uses single-click to open files and folders, though there’s no option to change this preference.

For those who would like to use double-click to open an item in the file browser, there’s a graphical configuration tool called Elementary Tweaks that may help.

1. Install Elementary Tweaks in Freya

The developer is maintaining a PPA with the latest packages for this tool.

Though the 14.04 build is failed at the moment of writing this tutorial, we can download an earlier version at PPA’s ftp download page:

Download Elementary Tweaks (.DEB)

Depends on your OS type, select download:

  • For 64-bit eOS Freya, download:
    • elementary-tweaks-dbg_x.x.x~ubuntu14.04.1_amd64.deb
    • elementary-tweaks_x.x.x~ubuntu14.04.1_amd64.deb
  • For 32-bit eOS Freya, download:
    • elementary-tweaks-dbg_x.x.x~ubuntu14.04.1_i386.deb
    • elementary-tweaks_x.x.x~ubuntu14.04.1_i386.deb

Then install them one by one, in below order, by opening the .deb package with Software Center:

  • elementary-tweaks_x.x.x~ubuntu14.04.1_i386/amd64.deb
  • elementary-tweaks-dbg_x.x.x~ubuntu14.04.1_i386/amd64.deb

2. Disable single-click and enable double-click

After installing Elementary Tweaks, open System Settings from the dock at the bottom of your screen and then click the Tweaks icon.

In the next page, select Files from left pane, and finally disable Single Click by clicking the toggle.


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4 responses to Double-Click to open a File/Folder in Elementary OS Freya

  1. Thank you so much for this tip, that single clicking opening folders has really been annoying me. Thanks!

  2. This shouldn’t require a tweak.

  3. This was a huge annoyance that no amount of use was improving. It shouldn’t be a tweak but your article is nonetheless helpful!

  4. If Linux wants to win over Windows users, it needs to adopt easy to set double click and ability to adapt windows style (close on right).