Try before you buy^H^H^Hcomment

I discovered KDE had the option to rename files by clicking on the icon name (vs selecting them and then pressing F2). I'd like to have this turned on by default, rather than off, as it would address the #1 complaint I've received regarding single click mode. I suggested such on kfm-devel and kde-usability, and will be doing further testing w/RLUs (real live users) shortly...

The discussion that has ensued on those mailing lists has been interesting. I would suggest, however, that before one comments on a feature or concept that one should take a minute to try it out first, especially when it is right there in CVS. Commenting blindly leaves you sounding less than informed and wastes others' time, right?


While my CVS build is a few weeks old, I think I understand what you are getting at. I think you are suggesting that the KDE default for icon selection should change from single click (to open) to single click (to select), but if this is not correct, then my comments don't apply.

I disagree that the default for KDE should change. To rename files, you can easily just right-click and choose rename. This in my opinion, is easier than selecting the file and pressing F2. If distributions feel that the want to be more windows-like, they can change the default in their kde pacakges.

By KDE User at Sat, 08/02/2003 - 03:57

It's titled "Try before you comment"! You didn't understand Aaron's suggestion obviously.

By KDE User at Sat, 08/02/2003 - 07:05

I did try it. It's more convenient for me to right-click and choose rename than it is to select the icon and press F2.

By KDE User at Sat, 08/02/2003 - 18:59

You tried, but you didn't read. You should read again the comment. He explicitly says *versus* using F2....blah, blah. i.e., he means he wants to be able to change it *without* pressing F2.

Now, clear? :-)

By uga at Wed, 08/06/2003 - 12:04

no, i would like to see single click remain but have it augmented with "single click on the filename causes a rename action".

single click is great, but it has serious issues with some basic actions, renaming probably being the #1 item in that list.

By Aaron J. Seigo at Mon, 08/11/2003 - 01:40