You can customize your mouse in a variety of ways, such as swapping the functions of your mouse buttons, making the mouse pointer more visible, and altering the scroll wheel speed.

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To change how the mouse buttons work

  1. Open Mouse by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Hardware, and then clicking Mouse.

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

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

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

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

To change how the mouse pointer looks

  1. Open Mouse by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Hardware, and then clicking 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 list, and then click a new mouse pointer scheme.

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

To change how the mouse pointer works

  1. Open Mouse by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Hardware, and then clicking Mouse.

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

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

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

    • To speed the process of selecting a choice when a dialog box appears, 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, select the Display pointer trails check box, and then move the slider towards 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, select the Hide pointer while typing check box.

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

To change how the mouse wheel works

  1. Open Mouse by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Hardware, and then clicking 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, click 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 click of the mouse wheel, click One screen at a time.

    • If your mouse has a wheel that supports 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.