How to Turn On or Off ClickLock or Single Click in Windows 11

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Here, I’m using Windows 11. Let’s start.

How to Turn On or Off ClickLock in Windows 11

If you don’t want to hold down the mouse button while highlighting or dragging items, you should enable the ClickLock feature.

ClickLock lets you select or move items without holding down the mouse button. Let’s see how to enable or disable it.

To disable ClickLock, follow these steps:

Open the Run by pressing Windows + R, type main.cpl, and then hit the OK button. Now, you can see the “Mouse Properties” pop-up. Deactivate “Turn on ClickLock,” and click “OK.”

To activate ClickLock, follow these steps:

Open the “Mouse Properties” pop-up window (Please see above for the steps to do this). Select the “Turn on ClickLock” option. The “Settings” button will now be activated. Click on it.

Set the duration according to your preference. Remember that after only this period, ClickLock will be active. Hit the “OK” button and click the “OK” button.

That’s it.

To highlight or drag items without holding down the mouse button, follow these steps:

Locate the items you want to highlight or drag.

To highlight, follow these steps:

Press the mouse button for a few seconds (or for the duration you set) beside the items you want to highlight.

Let go of the hold and then highlight the items. To finish highlighting, click the mouse button.

Note: You can also use the steps above to highlight text.

To drag, follow these steps:

You must hold down the mouse button on the highlighted items for a few seconds (or for your set duration).

Drag the items after releasing the hold. When you click on the location you want, the items will be dropped there.

Note:

To change the ClickLock duration, you can also follow these steps:

Start Registry Editor. Before proceeding, I suggest you back up the Registry. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Control Panel > Desktop.

Double-click ClickLockTime in the right pane. Select Decimal. In the Value data field, enter any value between 200 and 2200. Remember that these are milliseconds.

Click the OK button. Sign out and then sign back in.

That’s it.

How to Disable or Enable Single Click in Windows 11

Double-clicking an item in Windows 11 opens it by default. You need to enable the single click to open an item in Windows 11 with a single click.

Follow these steps to enable it:

Open the File Explorer Options. To do this, you need to press Windows + R, type control folders, and then press Enter key.

In the “General” tab, in the “Click items as follows” section, you can see “Single-click to open an item (point to select).” Click on it.

Under that, you’ll find two options:

  • Underline icon titles consistent with my browser – This option will always show the underline in the item title.
  • Underline icon titles only when I point at them – If you choose this option, you’ll see an underline in the item title when you hover your mouse over it.

Pick the one you want from the two options above and click “OK.”

That’s it. From now on, you can open an item with a single click.

Note: If you want to go back to default (in other words, turning off the single click), then follow these steps: open File Explorer Options. Select “Double-click to open an item (single-click to select),” and then click the “OK” button at the bottom.

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