Touchscreen tip: one touch file actions

Single_click_file_accessOur last "touchscreen tip" went over pretty well, so how about a follow up? Some UMPC owners like myself would prefer to single click a file or shortcut to open it, i.e.: the single tap acts as a double-click activation. I like this method because it reduces the number of clicks throughout the day. This functionality is included with the Origami TouchPack settings, but you too can be a "one click one-der" and here’s how.

  • Hop on in to Windows Explorer and click Tools in the menubar.
  • Select Folder Options.
  • Choose "Single Click to open items" and then click OK.

This is a standard Windows XP option that’s been around years before UMPCs, so you don’t need to be running the Tablet Edition of the OS. If you are running the Tablet Edition of XP on a touchscreen, the "point to select" feature is tricky: when you tap to point, you don’t select, you actually execute the "open" action. My workaround: tap elsewhere on the screen and without lifting your finger or stylus, drag the cursor to the item you want to select. If you then stop and hold, you’ll get the right-click menu without opening the item. Enjoy these tips? Let us know and we’ll rustle up some more….

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