I use dolphin as my default file browser. The recent releases have moved the options to configure single/double click open of files.

Settings -> Configure Dolphin -> Navigation - Mouse

I find that I use double click to open as a single click to select allows me to manage my files a lot more easily.

How do I change these settings in the new version of dolphin?

I am using i3 windows manager on manjaro distro.

3 Answers 3


Start System Settings then type in the search box "double click" and select Workspace Behavior

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Then under General Behavior change the radio button from Opens them to Selects them

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  • 1
    This is the current correct method. Everything else is either outdated or a workaround that doesn't fix the issue.
    – anahata
    Aug 22, 2023 at 16:28
  • Sadly, this is currently not working with dolphin 23.08.4 given by snap instead of apt (kubuntu 22.04.03) Jan 8 at 10:13
  • With Plasma 6 changing the default, this question and answer got a lot more relevance.
    – JepZ
    Mar 6 at 21:48

After weeks of trying different things.

Using systemseting5

Option 1

I could not follow these instructions. As they relate to an older version of dolphin and KDE.

systemsettings from the command prompt -> Input Devices under the Hardware section -> Mouse section in the left-hand side menu > Double-click to open files and folders

Option 2

I could not follow these instructions As my systemsettings5 did not have all the options available to set

Under Workspace section > Desktop Behaviour > Workspace > Click behaviour > Single/Double Click Option

I didn't have Desktop Behaviour as an option. I fixed this by installing the missing package

sudo pacman -S plasma-meta

Then I could follow the above options.

Alternatives command line

Change the options in the kdeglobals config of my user.

vim ~/.config/kdeglobals


  • +1 for the config file location and field
    – mx1up
    Jul 27, 2019 at 9:40
  • [KDE] ... SingleClick=false 👍 Thanks, this worked for me. Sep 5, 2023 at 12:25

You can work around this problem with your keyboard using

Ctrl+left click

That will let you single click files to do file operations like move and copy etc.

  • My config is Manjaro / Arch is broken and I can't switch modes single / double click through the settings. :<.
    – nelaaro
    Aug 9, 2019 at 15:26

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