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When I do a single click, my computer (with Ubuntu 12.04) acts like it was double click. I think it happens in ~50% of cases.

It happens with all the program I use: browsers, file manager, terminal and so on. I'm not sure when exactly it started, maybe a week ago, and I don't remember if it started to happen after system-update or after the installation of some packages.

What I tried:

  • change mouse
  • change mouse settings like Double-Click Timeout

None of those helped me. Any ideas?


This bug has disappeared after upgrading to 12.10.

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This might be this open bug: [… – phoibos Oct 10 '12 at 18:02
Does it happen if you use live Ubuntu installation CD? – nastys Oct 11 '12 at 10:02
You can also make sure that it's not a hardware failure by simply trying out another mouse. – zerwas Oct 14 '12 at 20:12
just ran into the same issue - had a dell mouse for a desktop PC; replaced it - and the fun was over – Grigorash Vasilij Feb 8 '13 at 5:41
up vote 2 down vote accepted

If you've manually edited xorg.conf, try adding and entry for your mouse, in case it was somehow deleted:

Section "InputDevice"
# generated from default
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "auto"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"


EDIT As mention in the comments, this seems to be a reported bug that has stood for some time now. It may be best to add your info to Launchpad to help resolve the bug in the future.

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Thanks for the answer, I added this section to xorg.conf but it didn't help :( – evfwcqcg Oct 10 '12 at 18:19
I copied and pasted straight from the forum, so you may want to check the settings I've provided to match what you have. – Kyle Macey Oct 10 '12 at 18:37

I had the same happen to me for no apparent reason a few days ago on 12.04. I went to nautilus Preferences..Behaviour and it had "Double click" option selected. I then selected single click, checked that was working, then went back and changed to double click again and bingo! Its back in double click mode!

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