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How To Adjust Your Mouse Settings

Windows allows us to adjust our mouse settings according to our personal preference. Some adjustments include changing the speed at which your mouse pointer travels across the screen, adding mouse trails to the cursor, and switching the roles of the buttons to suit left handed users. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to adjust the standard mouse property settings that are built into Windows. If you have optional mouse software installed, the settings may be slightly different, but will be relatively the same.

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For Windows XP

  1. Go into your Control Panel by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on the Control Panel icon located in the right column of the Start Menu.
  3. If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, then begin by clicking on the Start Button.
  4. Then click on Settings, then click on the Control Panel icon to open up the Control Panel.
  5. Now, Double click on the Mouse icon to open up the Mouse Properties window.
  6. Then click on the Pointer Options Tab located at the top of the screen.
  7. Drag the Slider bar left to make the pointer move slower or right to make it move faster.
  8. Place a check mark in the box next to Enhance pointer precision.
  9. This will give you better control of the pointer when moving short distances.
  10. If you want to enable pointer trails, place a check mark next to Display pointer trails.
  11. You can also Automatically move pointer to the default button in a dialog box as well.
  12. And Hide pointer while typing and Show location of pointer if the CTRL key is pressed.
  13. Enable these options according to your personal preference.
  14. If you want to swap the buttons, click on the Buttons Tab at the top of the screen.
  15. Then place a check mark next to Switch primary and secondary buttons.
  16. You can also adjust the Double click speed and Turn on the Clicklock dragging option.
  17. Then click the OK button to save your settings and exit the Mouse Properties window.
  18. Then close the Control Panel to return back to your Windows session.

For Windows 98 And Windows Millennium

  1. Go into your Control Panel by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on Settings and then click on the Control Panel icon.
  3. Double click on the Mouse icon to open up the Mouse Properties window.
  4. For Windows 98, click on the Motion Tab located at the top of the screen.
  5. For Windows Millennium, click on the Pointer Options Tab located at the top of the screen.
  6. Now drag the Slider bar left to make the pointer move slower or right to make it move faster.
  7. Then click on the Accelerate button and enable Pointer acceleration with a check mark.
  8. Then choose Low, Medium or High according to your preference and click OK when done.
  9. If you want to enable pointer trails, place a check mark next to Display pointer trails.
  10. You can also Automatically move pointer to the default button in a dialog box as well.
  11. And Hide pointer while typing and Show location of pointer if the CTRL key is pressed.
  12. Enable these options according to your personal preference.
  13. If you want to swap the buttons, click on the Buttons Tab at the top of the screen.
  14. Then choose the Left-handed option if you are a left hand user.
  15. You can also adjust the Double click speed and Turn on the Clicklock dragging option.
  16. Then click the OK button to save your settings and exit the Mouse Properties window.
  17. Then close the Control Panel to return back to your Windows session.
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