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 Make The Linux Mouse Work Like It Does In Windows

If you are switching from Windows to Linux, you may be irritated by the fact that using Linux's KDE desktop environment, the mouse behaves differently. By default, when you first install Windows, the mouse (cursor) requires a double-click to open an application, and a single-click to open a link in a web browser. Sure you can change that, but let's assume you like that way of clicking. Although the mouse, under the Linux Gnome desktop environment behaves the same way as it does in Windows, when using the KDE desktop, by default, a single-click is used for everything. In the interest of easing your transition to Linux, here is how you change the mouse-click behavior so that it matches the default for Windows.

Each Linux distribution can have a slightly different K-menu, but these two examples will guide you in the right direction.

openSuSE 10.1
  1. Click the K-menu and choose Personal Settings
  2. Select Peripherals, Mouse
  3. On the "General" tab, select the radio button next to "Double-click to open files and folders (select icons on first click)"
Kubuntu 6.10
  1. Click the K-menu and choose System Settings
  2. In the Hardware section, click Mouse
  3. On the "General" tab, select the radio button next to "Double-click to open files and folders (select icons on first click)"

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