sandylu wrote:thanks, will give that a try. I have gotten this much done:
I tap to click the folder, then secondary click it in the low right hand corner and a drop down window comes and give me choices. I can click open and it does. Is this how this computer should do it? I am so used to just clicking on the folder and it opens up.
Just expanding a tad on Richard's reply.
What you're seeing here is called a contextual menu. That's what you see if you use a "right" click or "secondary" click or control [key plus] click. The menu is contextual because what it contains depends on what you control clicked. That's a very handy thing to learn about, but it's not the simplest or fastest way to open a folder.
As both of us concluded, the problem was probably just that you need to fiddle a bit with the speed set for the mouse and/or trackpad to register a double click. That's a very individual thing, and you'll just have to mess with the settings until it feels right to you on both devices.
On the Mac, at least, a single click always selects
an item. A double click always opens
an item (if it's something that can
open). There are many cases in which you want to select an item but not open it.
Double click speed is very similar to the key-repeat speed you can set on a keyboard. If you're a touch typist, especially one who learned on a computer or who has used a computer a lot, you want the delay for key repeat to be very short. If you're not one of the above, or if you have problems with finger movement, you want a longer delay before a key starts repeating.
I love to help with problems like this because they affect everyone. It's a great chance to teach some Mac basics.
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