Mostly a single click will act like two clicks.

For example: I want to go back one page on a web-browser but go back two or I have word processor open and want to open the drop down menu to change fonts and it opens and closes in one stroke as though I had double-clicked.

It makes things extra tedious and laborious as one can imagine having to try again each time V E R Y carefully

I have already checked the Mouse speed specification under Systems and brought that right down but no change.


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    have you tried another mouse? It sounds like a broken or worn mouse.
    – Stiffler
    Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 18:25
  • Hadn't considered that possibility. Its worked fine on other distros incl. windows but I guess its possible. Unfortunately, don't have another mouse handy, otherwise I could test that. Thx. Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 19:13
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    double-clicking is a feature only in "Files", the rest of the system doesn't have any double-clicking feature... So I vote for a broken mouse as well
    – V_Pavel
    Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 22:05

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You can test to see if your mouse is broken by running the following in terminal:

xev | grep ButtonRelease

You'll see a white box with a black square in it. Click the square. Each time you click you will see a line in your terminal window. Ensure that your mouse is only clicking once.

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