Are checkboxes available in #Dolphin?

When using a touchscreen device, I frequently find that I want them. I used to use them on Windows every day instead of shift-clicking, too.

If not, is there a big for it? I haven’t been able to find one.

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Well, maybe. You can change to double click to open files in the settings.

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You may find Dolphin’s “Select Mode” helpful, instead.

When enabled - using SPACE with a keyboard, there should be an easy way to trigger it with a touchpad as I done so several times by mistake, but I can’t recall - you can just tap/click items to select them , or drag to rubber band items, and there’s no chance of activating items by mistake.

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Not even remotely a solution.


With reference to the answer by “guss77”, there was this announcement from Nate Graham in a Planet KDE article last year – <>

Plus the related KDE Bug Report: <>


I still don’t know how to set up a touchpad action to enable “selection mode”, but you can add a toolbar icon to activate it:

  1. Open menu → configure → configure toolbars.
  2. On the left search pane type “select”
  3. Click on “Select files and folders” (a wand icon) and click the right arrow button.
  4. In the right pane, arrange the new button to the desired location.
  5. Click OK
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I still don’t know how to set up a touchpad action to enable “selection mode”,

“pressing-and-holding on an item in the view” does the trick.

Source This week in KDE: Dolphin Selection Mode – Adventures in Linux and KDE and tested.

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I don’t think that works on touchpads though, does it? On touchscreens this does work.

On devices with a touchpad you should have a spacebar, so using space to enter selection mode shouldnt be a problem

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