Customizing the Desktop

Learn about Windows 98 desktop customization in this free lesson.

The single-click option

If you're tired of double-clicking on files, Windows 98 allows you to set your machine to respond to single clicks.

To set your computer to open files with a single click:

  • Right-click an empty part of the desktop. When the pop-up menu appears, choose Active Desktopaction Customize my Desktop.
  • When the Display Properties dialog box appears, click Folder Options.
  • When the dialog box appears asking Would you like to save and close the Display Properties and view the Folder Options instead?, click Yes.
  • When the Folder Options dialog box appears, click inside the small circle next to Web Style. Click OK.
  • You can now single-click icons, folders, and applications to open them.

Important PointKeep in mind that if you're accustomed to double-clicking, it may take you a while to get used to single-clicking.


Web Style My Documents icon

Important PointIf you decide you don't want to single-click on documents or programs to open them, you can return to double-clicking.

To undo the single-click option:

  • Right-click an empty part of the desktop. When the pop-up menu appears, choose Active Desktopaction Customize my Desktop.
  • When the Display Properties dialog box appears, click Folder Options.
  • When the dialog box appears asking Would you like to save and close the Display Properties and view the Folder Options instead?, click Yes.
  • When the Folder Options dialog box appears, click inside the small circle next to Classic Style.
  • Click OK.


Classic Style My Documents icon