I'm a beginner in Emacs.

In dired+, if I query the mouse click on a directory item with C-h k, I get the following:

----------------- up-event (short click) ----------------

<mouse-2> at that spot is remapped to <mouse-2>, which runs the
command dired-mouse-find-file-other-window, which is an interactive
compiled Lisp function in `dired+.el'.


----------------- up-event (long click) ----------------

Pressing <mouse-1> at that spot for longer than 450 milli-seconds
runs the command mouse-set-point, which is an interactive compiled
Lisp function in `mouse.el'.

Can I set these "short" and "long" clicks somewhere? I couldn't find anything about mouse-up events; is this specific to dired+? Also, it seemed to me that the short click is mapped to mouse-2 somehow; if I set mouse-2, then the mouse-1 short click changed accordingly. I find this a bit annoying though, because I can't set mouse-2 and the mouse-1 short click to different commands. I'd like to also be able to set them differently.

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    Yes, I too would find it annoying. As soon as this "feature" was imposed on Emacs as the default behavior (in order to match behavior outside Emacs, in particular in web browsers) I removed it (for myself), by customizing option mouse-1-click-follows-link to nil. Emacs used to use only mouse-2 for following links, and it used mouse-1 for setting point etc. (And for me it still does.) And with no monkeying around with delays. Just set the option to nil, if you want to return to that simple, sane, "classic Emacs" behavior.
    – Drew
    Commented May 3, 2015 at 15:20
  • This is not specific to Dired+ or to Dired. I've edited your question title accordingly (but I left the question body as it was).
    – Drew
    Commented May 3, 2015 at 15:21

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You want to look at C-h v mouse-1-click-follows-link RET, I think.

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