Mouse double-click1. Double-click is a term used to describe the process of quickly pressing a mouse button twice while keeping it still. In most cases, a double-click is with the left mouse button and is used to open or execute a file, folder, or software program.

For example, programs or files in Microsoft Windows operate this way, and if you wanted to open your Internet browser, you would need to double-click the shortcut icon for the browser.

Tip: If you are working with text, double-clicking a word selects that word. Triple-clicking selects the sentence.

Practice double-clicking

Below is a text field to practice double-clicking your mouse. To double-click press your left mouse button twice quickly. If you are using a laptop with a touchpad you can also double-tap on the touchpad.

Note: Because there is no clicking on a smartphone there is no double-clicking on a smartphone. However, some phones and programs may support double or triple tapping the screen.

How to double-click with a keyboard

To double-click with the keyboard highlight the item you want to double click and then press the Enter key with the keyboard.

Related pages

2. DoubleClick is an Internet advertising company. On April 13, 2007, Google announced it would be purchasing DoubleClick for $3.1 billion in cash.

Also see: Click, Mouse, Mouse terms, Right-click