How do I open files & folders in the file browser with a single click in gedit?

Like how it is in text editors (Sublime, Atom, etc.)

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The file browser in Gedit on a normal Ubuntu distribution is simply an extension of the Nautilus file manager. If you want the files to open with a single click, you will have to enable single click opening in the Nautilus file manager.

Go to any folder and select from the Menus Edit > Preferences. Then under the Behaviour tab, select the Single Click to open items radio button.

The downside is that this is the way your whole operating system will work from there on. However, this will enable single click opening in the gedit side panel.

  • I'm actually on elementary OS which has single clicking on its file manager by default; but the single clicking does not carry over to gedit. I will have to research more on it. Thanks!
    – puerile
    Feb 11, 2017 at 4:10
  • @puerile, is nautilus installed?
    – anonymous2
    Feb 11, 2017 at 4:28
  • @anyonymous2 yes it is.
    – puerile
    Feb 11, 2017 at 5:57
  • @peurile try changing the settings in Nautilus anyhow, then. It worked on my system.
    – anonymous2
    Feb 11, 2017 at 12:52

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