I mostly use KDE programs and just use the Awesome WM as window manager. There the KDE/Qt file dialog works with single clicks everywhere. A single click will enter into directory and also select a file.

A GNOME/GTK file dialog like I get with gnome-boxes or Firefox behaves rather inconsistent. To enter the first directory, I have to double-click, a single-click will only select. Then the next single-click will already enter into the next directory or select the file and close the dialog.

I find this behavior rather upsetting. Is there something I can do about it?

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    It's a pretty nasty bug. And while there are some solutions available everybody seems to be waiting for a design decision on the matters. bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=758065 – EKZ Apr 4 '17 at 4:05
  • The only course of action that will change something quickly seems to just avoid all programs with a GTK file dialog. – Martin Ueding Apr 4 '17 at 7:36

The GNOME team has finally reverted that strange single-click behavior, so this is fixed after years of discussion.

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  • Indeed, this appears to have been fixed in version 3.22.29 by this commit, but I haven't tested it. – Spooky Mar 18 '19 at 16:02

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