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Configuring the Mouse

Use the Mouse utility in Control Panel to control settings such as button configuration, double-click speed, mouse pointers, responsiveness, and wheel behavior.

To configure the mouse:

  1. Choose Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Mouse.

    or

    Choose Start, type mouse in the Search box, and then press Enter.

  2. To swap the left and right mouse-button functions, choose Buttons tab > check Switch Primary and Secondary Buttons.
  3. If Windows often interprets your double-clicks as two single clicks, choose Buttons tab > drag the Double-Click Speed slider toward Slow.
  4. To make dragging easier, choose Buttons tab > check Turn on ClickLock (Figure 4.20); then you can select text or drag icons without holding down the mouse button continuously.
    Figure 4.20

    Figure 4.20 ClickLock is a mercy for touchpad users.

  5. To customize mouse pointers, choose Pointers tab > Scheme to set or create a new pointer scheme (Figure 4.21).

    Figure 4.21

    Figure 4.21 This tab lets you select predefined pointer schemes (which range from cute to practical), create your own pointer schemes, or browse to select an individual pointer (rather than an entire scheme).

    Use the Customize list to change individual pointers (see "The Mouse" in Chapter 1).

  6. On the Pointer Options tab, adjust how the pointer responds to the mouse's physical actions (Figure 4.22).
    Figure 4.22

    Figure 4.22 If the pointer distracts you while you type, check Hide Pointer While Typing. If you need to keep track of the pointer as it moves, check Display Pointer Trails (useful for laptop screens). Adjust the pointer's speed to have it respond more quickly or slowly to mouse movements.

  7. If your mouse has a wheel, on the Wheel tab, adjust its scroll behavior (Figure 4.23).
    Figure 4.23

    Figure 4.23 A mouse wheel can stand in for scroll bars; roll the wheel to scroll up or down a list, document, or webpage. The wheel on some mice can tilt left or right for horizontal scrolling. If your mouse has no wheel, these settings are ignored.

  8. Click OK (or Apply).
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