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I know this is a bit nitpicky but it's been driving me insane for years since I started using W7.

In XP, to open a menu on a folder or some sort of icon you can just right click it and a menu opens up. To open the folder I double clicked on it.

In Win7, default settings are that you first have to highlight or target the folder or icon, and THEN right click it. There are options that change this a little bit, you can make it so it underlines everything and you can right click it right away, and just hovering over an item will target it. But then to open the folder you only single click. If I am not being clear, let me know. Is there a way to make it more XP - like?

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post #2 of 12
Those "default" settings don't seem clear to me.

It should behave in the same exact manner as XP does.

EDIT:
Are you confusing left-click and right-click at all?
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post #3 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by JesusRex View Post

I know this is a bit nitpicky but it's been driving me insane for years since I started using W7.
In XP, to open a menu on a folder or some sort of icon you can just right click it and a menu opens up. To open the folder I double clicked on it.
In Win7, default settings are that you first have to highlight or target the folder or icon, and THEN right click it. There are options that change this a little bit, you can make it so it underlines everything and you can right click it right away, and just hovering over an item will target it. But then to open the folder you only single click. If I am not being clear, let me know. Is there a way to make it more XP - like?
Thanks.

You must be referring to this:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/10117-single-click-double-click-open-item.html
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You really cant just right click on the folder?



Could it be this? I ... don't like the checkboxes...eh-smiley.gif
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post #5 of 12
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What I mean is.. When you right click on a folder it sometimes doesn't register for some reason and just gives you the regular context menu like you would if you were to click anywhere but the folder.

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post #6 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by JesusRex View Post

What I mean is.. When you right click on a folder it sometimes doesn't register for some reason and just gives you the regular context menu like you would if you were to click anywhere but the folder.
For example:

AFAIK this only happens if you click outside of the application box (like on the desktop) somewhere, making the application "backgrounded, though it still looks like it's in the foreground. In these cases you have to click somewhere in the application to bring the application back to the windows foreground.
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post #7 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phelan View Post

AFAIK this only happens if you click outside of the application box (like on the desktop) somewhere, making the application "backgrounded, though it still looks like it's in the foreground. In these cases you have to click somewhere in the application to bring the application back to the windows foreground.

Now that there is some clarification on the "issue", this is normal when the window you are wanting to work with is not active prior to right-clicking.

I was just able to replicate the issue. I never noticed it before before I left-click and then right-click out of pure habit. Never noticed it until I tried it.
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post #8 of 12
Right click selects folder for me, have not change a thing in folder settings except showing hidden files.
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post #9 of 12
What it is - you have to click the text/icon. You can't just right click empty space. Weird I know.

As long as you right click the text or icon, you will select and get the folder menu/options.

Click empty space and you get the non-specified folder context menu.

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post #10 of 12
Right click the text, if you right click outside of the text but still within the row, it wont register.
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