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Old 07-19-2010, 10:29 PM   #1
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How to perform double click with single stroke

I received an email suggesting that I post something in, well here goes.

I am arthritic and I have considerable difficulty with a double click. I also have difficulty when using a mouse of moving the mouse as I select something (click the button) from whatever window I am working with and thereby selecting the wrong thing. To compensate for this difficulty, I use a Logitech trackball and program the center button to perform a double click with one stroke. I am currently struggling with Linux Mint 9 in my search for a Windows alternative. Is there any way to program my center button (scroll wheel) to perform a double click in this or any other Linux version? Alternatively, is there any way to program a keyboard key to perform a double mouse click with a single stroke? I do not want any multiple key combinations for this operation, I want something that works with a single click of one button.
Old 07-19-2010, 11:13 PM   #2
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Hi -

This link might be of help:

Scroll down to "Setting up double click", and see if that might be the kind of thing you're looking for.

The details in the article are for Ubuntu, but you can do the same kind of customization on any Linux distro.

'Hope that helps .. PSM
Old 07-19-2010, 11:30 PM   #3
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You might want to try ctrl+shift+numlock this will allow the keypad to be used to move the mouse pointer around and to hit keys that simulate single, double, etc. clicks.
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Why not set single click to open files ? I have always set that up as the first thing I do. Open your file manager and under Edit > Preferences > Behaviour select Single click to open items.

I also have the same setting in windows, where mouse-over highlights and single click opens.
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Thanks to all.

paulsm4, this looks like something that may work if I had 30 years experience with Linux based OSs instead of 5 or 6. It is just totally beyond my level of expertise to guess how to start what the instructions are telling me.

lugoteehalt, Thanks, but your solution results in 6 to 10 mouse clicks or keyboard strokes to avoid two. I am needing to make a double click with ONE stroke. Must I say this: "I want to do as I do in Windows with Logitech software."

smoker, this sounds like a suitable solution, but really does not work if it works exactly as it does in Windows. I have tried the selection in Windows to open files with single click. It does make hover=single click and single click=double click, but makes trouble when selecting several photos from a folder containing many. There were other times when the single click option resulted in problems in Windows. I soon had to abandon that in favor of the Logitech software and center mouse button performing double click. I was not aware of any such option in Ubuntu or Linux Mint or other popular distros. Maybe I will try it to see if it behaves slightly different in Linux Mint and behaves satisfactorily.

Thanks to all of you for your suggestions.

edit: I have marked this thread as solved, not because I have found an answer to my question; but rather because I find my search futile. I have been searching for an answer to this (and many other linux questions and difficulties) for a few years on different forums with little to no success.

I wonder if I did something to have the Windows 7 logo appear under my name on my posts, I didn't intentionally do anything to have it appear there. I am NOT coming to a Linux forum to promote Windows anything. I am here in an attempt to find a replacement for Windows.

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