How to Force Change to Single-Click Mode Using .reg File

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NOTE: The information in this article applies to Internet Explorer 5 users only if the Windows Desktop Update component is installed. This component is installed with Windows 98 or can be installed with Internet Explorer 4. For information about adding or removing the Windows Desktop Update component, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
165695 How to Add or Remove Windows Desktop Update
This article describes how to change users' desktops from using the "Double-click to open an item (single-click to select)" option to the "Single-click to open an item (point to select)" option without user intervention. This method may benefit network administrators in implementing single-click after a rollout of Internet Explorer.

Note that Microsoft Technical Support does not support writing registry files for import. For more information about writing .reg files, see the Microsoft Windows 95 Software Development Kit (SDK).
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Create the .reg File

Using any text editor (such as Notepad), create a file with the following content:
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer]
"IconUnderline"=hex(0):03,00,00,00

[HKEY_USERS\.Default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"ShellState"=hex:1c,00,00,00,41,08,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,
00,00,\00,00,00,00,09,00,00,00
"IconUnderline"=hex(0):03,00,00,00
Save this file as Single.reg and place it on a server.

Running the .reg File

Add the following command to users' login scripts:
regedit <path to file>\single.reg /s
The /s switch makes the command run silently so that no user intervention is required. After the command is carried out, restarting the computer or refreshing the screen activates the Single-click to open an item (pointto select) option.
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