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Configure Mouse in Windows 10

4/25/2015

The most users know how to customise the mouse pointer. But almost nobody configures such mouse options as pointer or double-click speed. And in vain. Because a properly configured mouse significantly increases user's comfort.

Go to Control Panel > Mouse.

Mouse

Buttons tab

Buttons

Switch primary and secondary buttons. If this option is enabled, the left button of the mouse functions as right, and the right button - as left.

Double-click speed. Move the slider and tune the double-click speed clicking on the folder picture next to the slider.

ClickLock. If you activate this function, you can drag files and folders without holding down a mouse button. Just briefly press the mouse button and selected object will stick to the pointer. To release the object, just make a click. And windows may be resized the same way. Click on Settings to adjust how long you need to hold down a mouse button before your click is locked.

Pointer Options tab

Pointer Options

Motion. Using the slider, you can increase or decrease a motion speed of your mouse pointer. The higher you set the screen resolution, the slower your mouse pointer moves, that makes your wrist muscles overworked. In my experience, the optimal speed is found when the mouse pointer moves diagonally across the screen by a single movement diagonally across the mousepad. If you have set a pointer speed at maximum, but the mouse pointer is still moving slower than you want, uncheck Enhance pointer precision to additionally speed up your mouse pointer. This setting is very useful in our time of large screens. Curiously enough that almost nobody uses it!

Snap to. Every dialog box contains several buttons, one of which is selected by default. Default button is highlighted in blue. Enable this option if you want your mouse to point default buttons automatically.

Visibility. Using the options under this section you can make your mouse pointer more visible:

  • Display pointer trails;
  • Hide pointer while typing;
  • Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key.

Play around these settings and check the helpful or uncheck the useless ones.

Wheel tab

Wheel

Here you can adjust how fast text documents, web pages or other windows should be scrolled vertically or horizontally using a mouse wheel.

Vertical Scrolling. You can set a number of lines the screen will scroll for each notch of mouse wheel movement. If you select One screen at a time, your mouse wheel acts the same way as the PageUp and PageDown keys on your keyboard.

Horizontal Scrolling. This option is implemented for the mouse devices that are capable to scroll the screen horizontally when a user tilts the wheel to the left or right. You can set a number of characters your screen scrolls for each wheel movement while the wheel is tilted aside.

Pointers tab

Pointers

Perhaps, Windows users know this tab much better than any other tab. Because here we can change, add or delete mouse pointer schemes.

To select one of the system schemes use the drop-down menu under the Scheme section. To change the selected scheme use the Customize section. Click the pointer you want to change and using the Browse button replace the selected pointer with another one.

To save a changed scheme click Save as.

To delete an installed third-party scheme select it from the schemes list and click on the Delete button. System (pre-installed) schemes cannot be deleted.

Some Windows 10 themes may change the look of your mouse pointer. To avoid that uncheck the option that says Allow themes to change mouse pointers.

To disable pointer shadow uncheck Enable pointer shadow.

Hardware tab

Hardware

Driver properties and devices status are displayed on this tab. After clicking on the Properties button you can update, remove or roll back the driver software and get advanced information about your mouse device as if you opened mouse properties in Device Manager.

Additional mouse features

Automatic scrolling

Auto scrolling

To enable autoscrolling through a web page or text document in the Word text editor press your mouse wheel and move the mouse up, down, to the left or right.

Ease of Access

Ease of Access

Open Ease of Access Center and click Make the mouse easier to use (adjust settings for the mouse or other pointing devices).

Make the mouse easier to use

Make it easier to manage windows

Make it easier to manage windows

To prevent windows from automatically resizing and docking along the sides of the screen when you move them and disable AeroShake, check Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen.

To activate a window by hovering over it with the mouse (without clicking on it) check the corresponding option.

Control the mouse with the keyboard

To enable this setting check Turn on Mouse Keys.

Turn on Mouse Keys

To adjust how the mouse should be controlled with the keyboard click Set up Mouse Keys.

Pointer configuration

Using the sliders configure a motion speed of the mouse pointer.

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