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Windows XP - Change Mouse Settings

Welcome to this Windows XP tutorial on how to change the mouse settings. You may want to change the mouse settings to make the mouse work left handed or change the speed of the cursor or clicking action.

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  • Click the images to see a larger version
  • Yellow arrows or circles indicate where to look or click
  • Unless specified otherwise use the 'left' mouse button to click

Windows XP - Change Mouse Settings

Start Menu in Windows XP showing selection of control panel

With your computer logged into Windows you should have the desktop loaded. In the lower left corner of the screen click the 'Start' button. A vertical menu will pop up.

On the right of the pop up start menu are many commonly used items. As pictured 'Control Panel' is one of these items.

Click the 'Control Panel' option on the start menu.

Control Panel selecting Mouse

The control panel will load showing all of the available settings. You will see an icon for 'Mouse' which we have highlighted in the picture.

With your mouse, double click the 'Mouse' icon.

The Mouse properties window will appear.

Mouse properties showing button selection in Windows XP

With the mouse settings you can switch the left and right buttons and change the double click speed.

At the top of the displayed window you will see a picture of a mouse with the left mouse button highlighted. To the left is a checkbox labelled 'Switch primary and secondary buttons'.

Below this is the double click speed setting which allows you to adjust how responsive the double click is to suit your clicking style. To alter the mouse click speed move the slider between slow and fast by click and holding the left mouse button and dragging the mouse.

Mouse properties showing reversed mouse buttons in Windows XP

To change the buttons for a left handed person tick the 'Switch primary and secondary buttons' and you will see as in our example that the highlighted button is now the right hand side button.

This means that you use the right hand button to select and click items and the left hand button to produce menus.

To revert the setting back you may have to right click the checkbox to switch the buttons back.

Mouse properties showing buttons in Windows XP

Click the 'Pointers' tab allows you to change the cursor look.

You will see a drop down box under the scheme heading which by default says 'None'. Click the drop down box and you will see a list of available cursor schemes to choose from.

Click the dinosaur scheme.

Mouse properties showing pointers in Windows XP

You will see in the centre of the pointers window is a preview box that shows all the cursor styles for the selected scheme.

If you are happy with the selected scheme, click 'Ok' or choose another from the drop down menu.

Click the 'Pointer Options' tab along the top of the mouse properties window.

Mouse properties showing pointer options in Windows XP

In the pointer options settings you can change the speed at which the cursor moves in relation to you moving the mouse. To adjust this speed move the slider between the slow and fast labels.

You can see the other settings that are available.

To enable a setting tick the checkbox.

To disable a setting untick the checkbox.

Mouse properties showing wheel options in Windows XP

Click the 'Wheel' tab at the top of the mouse properties window.

You will see the option to change how the mouse scroll wheel operates.

You can see that you can have the screen scroll more or less with each turn of the wheel or you can select to have one page scroll in one go.

Once you have made changed to the mouse settings click the 'Ok' button at the bottom of the mouse properties box to exit.

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