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Modifying Mouse Settings

If you find that you're having trouble getting the mouse to click or double-click properly, you might try adjusting its sensitivity. You can also increase the size of the mouse pointer if you find that you're having trouble locating the mouse onscreen. To change these and other mouse settings, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Start button, select Settings, and then select Control Panel. In the Control Panel window, click or double-click the Mouse icon. The Mouse Properties dialog box appears.

  2. If you're left-handed, you can switch the functions of your mouse buttons by selecting the Left-handed option from the Button configuration panel. To adjust the speed at which your mouse recognizes a double click, drag the slider in the Double-click speed panel. For example, if you find it hard to click twice fast, move the slider toward Slow. To test the setting, double-click the box in the Test area. If a jack-in-the-box appears when you double-click, the setting is fine. Make adjustments as needed.

  3. Click the Pointers tab. Here you can select a different set of mouse pointers from the Scheme list box. For example, you might want to select Animated hourglasses or 3D Pointers if you want to jazz things up. Or you might want to select Windows Standard (large) or Windows Standard (extra large) if you're having trouble seeing the mouse pointer.

  4. Click the Motion tab. To adjust the speed at which the mouse moves across the screen, drag the Pointer speed slider. If you use a laptop and you find that the mouse pointer is getting lost, turn on the Show pointer trails option and use the slider to adjust its speed.

  5. Click OK when you're done selecting options.


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