You can customize your mouse in a variety of ways. For instance, you can swap the functions of your mouse buttons, make the mouse pointer more visible, and alter the scroll speed of the mouse wheel.

Watch this video to learn how to change your mouse settings (1:56)
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To change how the mouse buttons work

  1. Open Mouse Properties by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type mouse, and then click Mouse.

  2. Click the Buttons tab, and then do any of the following:

    • To swap the functions of the right and left mouse buttons, under Button configuration, select the Switch primary and secondary buttons check box.

    • To change how quickly you must click the buttons to perform a double-click, under Double-click speed, move the Speed slider toward Slow or Fast.

    • To turn on ClickLock, which enables you to highlight or drag items without holding down the mouse button, under ClickLock, select the Turn on ClickLock check box.

  3. Click OK.

To change how the mouse pointer looks

  1. Open Mouse Properties by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type mouse, and then click Mouse.

  2. Click the Pointers tab, and then do one of the following:

    • To give all of your pointers a new look, click the Scheme drop-down list, and then click a new mouse pointer scheme.

    • To change an individual pointer, under Customize, click the pointer you want to change in the list, click Browse, click the pointer you want to use, and then click Open.

  3. Click OK.

To change how the mouse pointer works

  1. Open Mouse Properties by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type mouse, and then click Mouse.

  2. Click the Pointer Options tab, and then do any of the following:

    • To change the speed at which the mouse pointer moves, under Motion, move the Select a pointer speed slider toward Slow or Fast.

    • To make the pointer work more accurately when you're moving the mouse slowly, under Motion, select the Enhance pointer precision check box.

    • To speed up the process of selecting a choice when a dialog box appears, under Snap To, select the Automatically move pointer to the default button in a dialog box check box.

      Note

      • Not all programs support this setting. In some programs, you'll need to move the mouse pointer to the button you want to click.

    • To make the pointer easier to find when you move it, under Visibility, select the Display pointer trails check box, and then move the slider toward Short or Long to decrease or increase the length of the pointer trail.

    • To ensure that the pointer doesn't block your view of the text you're typing, under Visibility, select the Hide pointer while typing check box.

    • To find a misplaced pointer by pressing the Ctrl key, under Visibility, select the Show location of pointer when I press the Ctrl key check box.

  3. Click OK.

To change how the mouse wheel works

  1. Open Mouse Properties by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type mouse, and then click Mouse.

  2. Click the Wheel tab, and then do one of the following:

    • To set the number of lines the screen will scroll for each notch of mouse wheel movement, under Vertical Scrolling, select The following number of lines at a time, and then enter the number of lines you want to scroll in the box.

    • To scroll an entire screen of text for each notch of the mouse wheel, under Vertical Scrolling, select One screen at a time.

    • If your mouse has a wheel that supports horizontal scrolling, under Horizontal Scrolling, in the Tilt the wheel to scroll the following number of characters at a time box, enter the number of characters you want to scroll horizontally when you tilt the wheel to the left or right.

  3. Click OK.