Changing preferences in Pantheon Files (Elementary OS)

Posted on Sat 20 April 2019 in Linux

This note is about how to enable or disable the single-click feature in Elementary OS file manager "Files".

single-click description: Wheather items are activated by single clicks instead of dubble clicks.

There are a few ways to accoplishe the task. Here are two of them.

Method 1

Method one is using GSettings.

To enable single-click use the following command.

gsettings set io.elementary.files.preferences single-click true

and to disable it:

gsettings set io.elementary.files.preferences single-click false

Method 2

Other way to do it is by using dconf Editor.

Note: if dconf Editor is not installed, use the following command to install it.

sudo apt install dconf-editor

Open dconf Editor and navigate to preferences io->elementary->files->preferences, here are all the preferences for "Files" file manager. Now you can turn on and off single-click feature.

dconf editor navigation

Note: Be carefull with changing other settings. Might brake the app