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Chapter 29. When Windows Won't Work: Tro... > Handling Hardware Headaches - Pg. 356

When Windows Won't Work: Troubleshooting Common Problems 356 When you move the mouse on its pad, Windows translates this movement and tracks the mouse pointer accordingly. If you find your pointer is either leaping across the screen at the merest touch, or crawling across the screen no matter how furiously you shake the mouse, you can adjust the tracking speed by following these steps (once again, see Chapter 2, "A Field Guide to Windows XP," for the new Microsoft Mouse): 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Select Start, Control Panel, Printers and Other Hardware, Mouse to get to the Mouse Properties dialog box. Display the Pointer Options tab. In the Motion group, move the slider to the left (to get a slower speed) or to the right (to get a faster speed). Click Apply and then move your mouse to test the tracking speed. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you're comfortable with the speed you've set. Click OK. I have trouble seeing or finding the mouse pointer. If you use a laptop or if your eyesight isn't what it used to be, then you may be having trouble keeping track of the little mouse pointer. There are a number of third-party products on the market that will solve this problem, but before spending your hard-earned money on these utilities, there's an easy solution that comes with Windows: pointer trails . This feature leaves a trail of mouse pointers as you move the mouse, which makes it much easier to find the little guy. Try the following steps: 1. Select Start, Control Panel, Printers and Other Hardware, Mouse to get to the Mouse Properties dialog box.