Updated: 12/30/2021 by Computer Hope

Double-click may refer to any of the following:

Mouse double-click

1. 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 and files in Microsoft Windows are opened by double-clicking the icon. To open your Internet browser, you would double-click the browser icon shortcut.


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're using a laptop with a touchpad, you can also double-tap the touchpad.


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.

Why does double-clicking moving text or icons?

If, while double-clicking, the button is held down for too long and moved, the mouse may move text, icons, or other objects. Often this happens because the user is not double-clicking fast enough. If this happens a lot, we suggest slowing down the double-clicking speed.

How to double-click with a keyboard

To double-click with the keyboard, highlight the object you want to double click, then press Enter on the keyboard.

2. DoubleClick is an Internet advertising company. On April 13, 2007, Google announced it would be purchasing DoubleClick for $3.1 billion in cash. Today, this service is part of Google Ad Manager.

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