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Old 12-27-2008, 05:52 PM   #1
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Xubuntu - Single-Click to Open Desktop Items


I just installed Xubuntu on my new (to me) IBM X40, and one minor item is giving me fits. On my Ubuntu machine, I've set it up so that I can single-click a file located on the desktop to open it. I've been able to set this behavior in Thunar on the X40, but not for the desktop. Where can I find a setting that controls this?
 
Old 12-29-2008, 07:24 AM   #2
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I've never used Xubuntu, but I use Ubuntu, and I use Slackware with XFCE. In Slackware with XFCE I just open any directory in thunar and select edit > preferences. Then click the behavior tab. Select "single click to activate items". This works in XFCE in Slackware. It should be the same (or similar) in Xubuntu.

EDIT: Sorry, I misread your post. This does not work for icons on the desktop in XFCE, only for items in a directory in thunar. At least it doesn't work for me anyway. I would like to know how to do this though. If I find an answer I'll post it here.

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Old 12-29-2008, 10:39 AM   #3
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Tommcd, like yourself, I too had discovered that it would work to allow for single-click inside Thunar, but that makes for a quite confusing desktop, double-clicking on Desktop icons and then single-clicking if they are in the file manager.

On my other laptop, that has regular Gnome-based Ubuntu 8.10, single-click works all the time, so I am guessing that it is NOT an Ubuntu problem, but rather one with the Xfce environment.

I also have an EeePC with Fluxflux-eee installed. This is a derivative of PCLinuxOS and it uses Openbox as the window manager. It too uses single-click, both on the desktop and in Rox, the file manager.

I like Xfce, but if I cannot find a solution to this, I will probably be forced to use a different desktop manager/environment.
 
Old 04-08-2009, 07:09 AM   #4
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I was just searching for a solution to this mildly annoying inconsistency.
Seems to be not doable.
Desktop icons are not controlled by Thunar as I understood it.
These are controlled by gtk - and gtk has no single-click support according to this thread here:
http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.d...nar.devel/3788
 
Old 03-10-2012, 09:05 PM   #5
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I too had discovered that it would work to allow for single-click inside Thunar, but that makes for a quite confusing desktop, double-clicking on Desktop icons and then single-clicking if they are in the file manager.
My point exactly. Now it's been two years or so. Xubuntu 12.04 will soon arrive, and 11.10 is rocking steady. Any news on this? I mean, has it become fully "doable" since this thread was last active? Cheers!
 
  


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