When you open Windows Explorer, then select some file or folder, then click its file name, an inline label-edit will be invoked. But there is an intentional delay before the textbox is displayed. Why?

First I thought its because I can move the mouse away until the textbox appears to cancel the edit, but it happens in any case.

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I would guess that the delay is to distinguish clicks from double clicks.

  • This is correct. If you use Control Panel to alter the double-click speed (under "Mouse" properties) then the speed of the textbox appearing changes accordingly. Jul 26, 2012 at 11:23
  • For more detail, see Raymond Chen's blog post on the topic.
    – Brian
    Aug 1, 2012 at 23:12

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