Single Click Rather Than Double Click?

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  1. stretchphoto, Apr 6, 2011
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    stretchphoto macrumors newbie

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    Hi again.

    I posted a question about mousing during kiosk usage of a Mac Mini, and here's another:

    Is it possible to write a script, or alter something via terminal mode, so that a single click on an application's icon, rather than a double click, launches the app?

    NOTE: There's not actually a "mouse" involved, as the mini is hooked up to a touch screen. But a touch of the screen is equivalent to a mouse click.

    Thanks again.
     
  2. MOFS macrumors 65816

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    You could just put the application's icon into the dock - the dock 1-click opens.
     
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  4. stretchphoto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Dock

    Thanks for the reply, but the dock is hidden in this particular usage.
     
  5. stretchphoto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    SteerMouse and USBOverdrive

    I should've been more clear. The "mouse click" is actually a tap of the screen by the user.

    There is no actual mouse or keyboard, as the mini is used in a kiosk.

    Having people double click an icon to launch the app is confusing for them. I need them to just touch it (click on it) once.

    Thanks.
     
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  7. stretchphoto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    @ Jolly Green

    I have a touch screen. Trying to get an app to launch in one touch rather than a double touch.
     
  8. Mal macrumors 603

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    I'd recommend using another "Dock" type utility if the actual Dock needs to be hidden. There won't be any way to change the Finder's functionality. Good options include DragThing ($29 to buy, but free to try), Overflow ($15, free trial), and probably several others.

    jW
     
  9. chown33 macrumors 604

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    System Preferences > Accounts

    Unlock the pane.

    Choose an account to modify (or create a new one).

    With the account selected:
    1. Uncheck "Allowser to administer this computer.
    2. Check Enable parent controls.
    3. Click "Open Parental Controls..." button.

    Check "Use Simple Finder" under the System tab.

    Enable and disable any other controls you want. Typical kiosks enable a small number of apps, may limit website access, may limit times of use, etc. All of these have tabs in Parental Controls.

    Log out.

    Log in as new managed-account user.

    Open the My Applications in dock.

    Single-click an app to launch it.


    Simple Finder is what gives you single-click launching. You could probably google it to find more info.
     
  10. stretchphoto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow!

    Both DragThink and Overflow look like they might work! Going to download and test drive now. THANKS! :)
     
  11. stretchphoto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Three Solutions In Three Minutes.

    Chown33's solution looks good also. Will let y'all know which one works best.

    Thanks again!
     
  12. stretchphoto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Chown33

    I can't seem to get apps on the desktop to launch with only a single click in the simplified finder. If they're in the dock, yes, but I don't want to use the dock in this setting.

    Thanks anyway.
     
  13. stretchphoto thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Three Cheers for DragThing and MAL

    DragThing works like a charm. It's incredibly versatile. I was able to create and invisible "dock" that remains at the bottom of my desktop. Each application's icon appears to be sitting on the desktop. They even have a nice little reflection below each of them. HIGHLY recommended! THANKS! :)
     

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