mouse settings in windows 10.
The default mouse settings that Windows 10 uses really don't suit most people. But we can change that.
One of the main issues is the double click speed. It does what it says. It controls, how quickly you have to double click that left mouse button to get something to happen.
But we can slow that down.
And if you find yourself constantly searching the screen to find the mouse pointer, we can make it more visible.
We can even change the mouse to suit a left-hander.
So let's have a look at the Mouse Settings in Windows 10.
To change the mouse settings in Windows 10, we need to get to the mouse properties window. There are various ways that you can do this, but below is probably the simplest.
Left-click the START button, then type MOUSE SETTINGS.
If you've never done this before, you may be wondering where to type. There's no box to type into.
A box will appear as soon as you begin typing.
So left click the START button, then begin typing. You don't need to click anywhere, just type.
As you type, you'll see a list appear. The list will change as Windows tries to guess what it is your searching for.
Eventually, at the top of the list, you'll see Mouse Settings - System Settings.
That's what we need to click on.
The Mouse Settings page opens, and you'd think you were where you need to be, but not so.
On the right-hand side of the page, left-click Additional Mouse Options.
If you're using a smaller screen, you may have to scroll down the page to find the Additional Mouse Options.
The Mouse Properties window will open.
This is where we go to work.
If your Mouse Properties window doesn't look like this, then look across the top of the window. You'll see some tabs.
Click the Buttons Tab at the top of the window.
If you're doing this on a laptop, the Mouse Properties window may look something like this.
It's the same window but with the addition of your laptop's touchpad settings.
Across the top of the window, you'll see the same tabs.
Click the Buttons Tab.
This'll bring you onto the correct settings window.
If you're wondering if you can adjust your touchpad settings, then the answer is, yes you can.
Generally, I find that the default settings for touchpads are about right for most people.
the left handed mouse.
One for all the lefties out there.
Switching to a left-handed mouse only applies to your account. So if you share the computer with others, right-handers, then give them their own account.
One other thing, at the Windows login page, where you choose your account and enter your password, that will still be a right-handed mouse.
The left-handed setting (as indeed all these mouse settings) only applies once you're into your account.
Looking at the Mouse Properties window, the first option is to change the mouse from right-handed to left-handed.
If your left-handed, you can click in the box to put a tick into it.
From now on the left and right-hand buttons on your mouse will switch functions.
So if you're trying to double left click, you'll need to double right-click instead.
Right-handers shouldn't touch this at all. And even for left-handers, be careful. Switching the mouse to be left-handed can lead to all sorts of confusion.
But you do at least have the option, and if it helps, all well and good.
And remember that you can always come back here and take the tick out of the box to switch back to right-handed.
double click speed - mouse settings.
This is the setting most of us should be looking at.
It governs how quickly you need to double left click to get something to happen. And the default setting is usually much too fast for most of us.
Slowing the double click speed down won't do any harm and can remove much frustration.
In the Double-Click Speed section, you'll see a slider.
Put your mouse pointer onto the slider, then hold down the left mouse button.
With the left mouse button held down, you can drag the slider left or right by moving the mouse.
Drag the slider all the way to the left.
That'll bring the double click speed down to the slowest setting.
It doesn't matter if you click a little quicker, it'll still work. So slow it right down.
The final setting on this tab is called Click Lock.
Now this does have its uses, but in this guide, we're trying to make the mouse easier to use, and Click Lock can be a little confusing.
So I'm going to suggest that it's not a setting any of us should use. So leave it turned off. At least for now, you can always come back here and turn it on if you think you've got a use for it.
change the size of the pointer (cursor).
For many of us, finding the pointer on the screen can be a bit of a challenge.
But we can change the size of the pointer, or invert it (make it black instead of white) or even make the outline a little bolder.
Not huge changes, but every little helps.
You'll see a list of various options for your mouse pointer.
To see what any of them look like, simply click an option.
Now you're not committing yourself to anything here, you're just clicking options to see what the pointer will look like.
When you click on a mouse scheme option, the list will disappear and the chosen option will display in the preview box.
If you don't like it, click the drop-down arrow again, and try a different option.
Keep going until you find one that suits you better.
For me, I think the best two options are Magnified (System Scheme) and Windows Standard (Extra Large) (System Scheme).
But try a few out, check the preview box, and try another if it's not right.
When you've decided which option you want, click the APPLY button at the bottom of the window, and your mouse pointer will change to reflect your choice.
There's no harm in trying these settings out. Once you've made a choice, try it for a few days, and should you decide you don't like it, you can always come back here and try another.
the pointer options tab - mouse settings.
The first option you'll see is called Motion.
That controls how fast the mouse pointer moves across the screen as you move the mouse.
Now as a general rule, I think it's about right for most people.
But you can change this setting by moving the slider left or right.
To get a feel for how this works and affects the mouse pointer, drag the slider all the way to the left (slow). Then click the APPLY button.
Now as you move your mouse, you should notice that the pointer moves much more slowly across the screen.
Now drag the slider all the way right (fast).
Click the APPLY button and you'll notice that the pointer flies across the screen.
Now you've got a feel for the slowest and fastest movement, you can drag the slider left or right to suit yourself.
Drag the slider, click the APPLY button, and test your mouse.
If you like it, you're done, if you don't like it, drag the slider some more, click APPLY and test it again.
Keep going until you get it about right for you.
For me, I reckon that setting the slider to about 3 quarters of the way towards the right is about it.
But everyone's different.
snap to - mouse settings.
The next setting is Snap To.
Don't bother with this one.
If you tick this box, then the mouse pointer will automatically jump or snap to, the default button of a dialogue box.
Leave it unticked. It's more trouble than it's worth.
The final section on this tab is called Visibility.
It's about making the mouse pointer either easier to find or hiding it out of the way.
There are 3 settings for you to look at.
display pointer trails.
Put a tick in the box for Display Pointer Trails, then move your mouse around the screen. It'll be obvious what this does.
You can adjust the length of the trail by moving the slider left or right.
Some people like it, but for me, it just makes my eyes go weird.
If you don't like the effect, you can turn it off again by taking the tick out of the box.
hide pointer while typing.
Does what it says.
It hides the mouse pointer out of the way while you type.
I always have this ticked, but to be honest, it doesn't always work.
It depends greatly on which program you're using at the time.
show location of pointer when i press CTRL key.
This can be a great help if you really struggle to find the pointer on the screen.
I usually have this one ticked.
Try it, put a tick in the box, then press the CTRL (Control) key on your keyboard.
You'll quickly see the effect it has.
If you don't like it, just click in the box again to remove the tick.
wheel & hardware tabs.
The final two tabs are Wheel and Hardware.
The Wheel tab allows you to control how fast the screen scrolls up or down and left or right when you move the mouse wheel.
On the Wheel tab, I find that the default settings here are about right for most people.
But if you want to try changing the settings, go ahead.
Don't change anything on the Hardware Tab.
These settings are for the computer and if you don't know what you're doing, you can end up disabling your mouse altogether.
Don't mess with the Hardware tab.
mouse settings summary.
None of the mouse settings in Windows 10 make huge differences, with the possible exception of the double click speed. But they can all help a little.
Certainly slowing down the Double Click Speed can really help and it's something that I'd recommend you do.
The other settings are well worth having a look at, as they can help. It all depends on your screen and your eyes.
The main thing to remember is that if you decide you don't like any changes you've made, you can always come back into the Mouse Settings window and change it again.
With the one exception of the Hardware tab, changing any or all of the mouse settings won't do any harm to your computer.