How to stop editing file and folder names in explorer

Posted on 2003-02-25
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
clicking on the text for a file or folder invariably edits the title like pressing F2, this is very irritiating

how can i stop this behaviour and only rename documents from the pop up menu?
Question by:johnmaserati
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Expert Comment

ID: 8016199
In the "windows-world" you click on the objects (the shortcut or icon itself), not the text that describes it.

Why would you remove this feature?

Author Comment

ID: 8016705
because for every 100 times i click on the item i want to open it not rename it. and i like to have the view set at list or details so it just slows things down when having to be so precise with the cursor

Expert Comment

ID: 8016768
You could set 'Single-Click' option to open files. That way if you want to open a file just point and click. To do this right-click 'My Computer' and choose 'Explore'. Go to Tools/ Folder Options/ General tab and click the 'Single-click to open an item' radio button. To set a folder view to one general view, choose view and set it to desired view, for example, 'details'. Again go to Tools/ Folder Options/ View Tab / Folder View and choose the "Like Current Folder Button".

Hope this helps!

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Author Comment

ID: 8017108
thanks Burneweb,
but this cause more problems than it solves, i can't foreinstance select a file to see its properties in explorer.

Accepted Solution

burneweb earned 100 total points
ID: 8017832
Actually, you can still 'Right-Click' a file to see it's properties. It is only when you left click that it will open the file or folder.

Author Comment

ID: 8018197
i've been trying it your way and whilst it's not quite what i had hoped for it works so you're the winner today

Expert Comment

ID: 8018495
Thanks. It's the only way I know that would solve you're original problem. But like HellRaiser said, you can always double-click the folder or file icon itself to open a file without initiating a 'rename' event. But if you're like me, I tend to click on the text.

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