Making your mouse easier to use

There are two things that you can do that solve most of the problems people have with using a mouse on a computer. You can slow down your mouse so that the pointer travels across the screen at a speed you are happy with. You can also slow down the double-click speed of your mouse.

Slowing down your mouse in Windows XP

  1. Open the "Start" menu and select the "Control Panel"
  2. You may see the text "Pick a category" as the main title on the page and under the Control Panel title "Switch to Classic View". If your view looks like this, you are currently in "Category View" and you need to select "Switch to Classic View"
  3. Select "Mouse", and the "Mouse Properties" page will be displayed
  4. Select the "Pointer Options" tab
  5. Adjust the "Pointer Speed" as you want and click "OK" or press "Enter" to confirm your choice and exit the mouse properties

Slowing down your mouse in Windows 95,98,2000 or Me

  1. Open the "Start" menu and select "Settings", then the "Control Panel"
  2. Select "Mouse", and the "Mouse Properties" page will be displayed.
  3. Select the "Motion" tab
  4. Adjust the "Pointer Speed" as you want and click "OK" or press "Enter" to confirm your choice and exit the mouse properties

Slowing down your mouse in Mac OSX

  1. Make sure you are in "Finder" and select the "Apple" menu
  2. Select "System Preferences..." and then the "Keyboard & Mouse" icon
  3. Select the "Mouse" tab
  4. Click on the "Tracking Speed" gauge bar to select a more comfortable mouse speed, or press "Tab" and use the left and right arrow keys to select your speed. Note: the speed changes immediately so you can test it until you are happy with your choice
  5. Close the window and return to the Finder desktop

Slowing down your mouse in Mac OS 8 or 9

  1. Select the "Apple" menu, and from the "Control Panels" sub menu select "Mouse"
  2. From here select one of the radio buttons to choose a different mouse speed. The first radio button on the left is the slowest and they become faster as you move to the right
  3. Close the "Mouse" Control Panel and return to the desktop

 

Slowing down your mouse's double-click speed in Windows XP

  1. Open the "Start" menu and select the "Control Panel"
  2. You may see the text "Pick a category" as the main title on the page and under the Control Panel title "Switch to Classic View". If your view looks like this, you are currently in "Category View" and you need to select "Switch to Classic View"
  3. Select "Mouse", and the "Mouse Properties" page will be displayed
  4. Make sure you have the "Buttons" tab selected
  5. Double click on the picture of a folder to test your double-click speed. If the folder does not open or close you may want to slow down the double-click speed of your mouse to make things easier for yourself. Do this by clicking and dragging the slider towards slow, or press 'Alt' + 'D' and then use the left and right arrow keys to adjust the slider
  6. Click "OK" or press "Enter" to confirm your choice and exit the "Mouse Properties" page

Slowing down your mouse's double-click speed in Windows 95,98,2000 or Me

  1. Open the "Start" menu and select "Settings" and then the "Control Panel"
  2. Select "Mouse", and the "Mouse Properties" page will be displayed
  3. Make sure you have the "Buttons" tab selected
  4. Double click on the picture of a folder to test your double-click speed. If the folder does not open or close you may want to slow down the double-click speed of your mouse to make things easier for yourself. Do this by clicking and dragging the slider towards slow, or press "Alt" + "D" and then use the left and right arrow keys to adjust the slider
  5. Click "OK" or press "Enter" to confirm your choice and exit the "Mouse Properties" page

Slowing down your mouse's double-click speed in Mac OSX

  1. Make sure you are in "Finder" and select the "Apple" menu
  2. Select "System Preferences..." and then the "Keyboard & Mouse" icon
  3. Select the "Mouse" tab
  4. Click on the "Double-Click Speed" gauge bar to select a more comfortable mouse speed, or press "Tab" until the blue pointer is highlighted in the "Double-Click Speed" gauge bar and use the left and right arrow keys to select your speed. Use the box with the text "Double-Click here to test" to check your setting
  5. Close the window and return to the Finder desktop

Slowing down your mouse's double-click speed in Mac OS 8 or 9

  1. Select the "Apple" menu, and from the "Control Panels" sub menu select 'Mouse'
  2. From here select one of the radio buttons in the lower half of the window to select a different "Double-Click" speed. The first radio button on the left is the slowest and they get faster as you go to the right
  3. Test the setting by double clicking on an item in "Finder" - the "Wastebasket/Trash" may be the easiest to test on as it is always in the lower right of the desktop
  4. Close the "Mouse" Control Panel and return to the desktop