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Desktop icons do not respond!

By Doctor Gallop
Feb 21, 2012
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  1. Hello Everyone,
    I am running Windows XP on an older HP Compaq computer
    Question: Why would the icons on my desktop suddenly stop opening by the usual double click on them?
    Now I have to "right click" and then click on "open" to get it going.
     

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  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,927   +167

    You may have a virus or other malware infection
     
  3. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,332   +277

    Your double-click speed could also be set way too fast for you somehow. You should be able to find that option in your control panel under the mouse options somewhere.
     
  4. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,348   +50

    Is double-click working normally everywhere else? i.e. it's definitely not just the mouse button ?

    Also try highlighting the icon with a single click, then pressing enter. Does that still work or not? Enter is supposed to equal double-click and failure here might help diagnose the problem.

    Sometimes the desktop icon cache becomes corrupted. To rebuild it,
    Right-click dektop, select properties.
    Go to settings tab->Adjust font size dpi.
    Change your font size to 120 dpi and reboot the computer.
    Again change the font size to 96 dpi and reboot your computer again.

    There are several other ways to rebuild the cache - we'll try those if this one does not work.
     


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