Ways to change a computer mouse speed

What is a computer mouse? How do you change its speed?


A computer mouse is a hardware input device that is connected to a computer. A mouse helps you to control the cursor or the pointer on the computer screen. The standard mouse available today consists of two buttons (left and right) and a scroll wheel. The left button and the right button can be used to open various files and folders on the system. Double-clicking on the left button will open various applications and right clicking will provide additional options for that particular option. The scroll wheel helps in moving the pointer across the monitor. The absence of a mouse will be difficult, since MS-DOS commands need to be opened and various applications need to be accessed on the system.


Discussed below are some methods to change mouse speed:




  • Need to change mouse speed

  • Steps to change speed of mouse movement

  • Steps to change speed of double-clicking on the mouse



Need to change mouse speed



You can change mouse speed by changing options for the mouse from Control Panel. Increasing mouse speed will enable you to access various application quickly. Decreasing mouse speed will be helpful for new users to get familiar with the device. You can change the speed of the mouse, along with the speed of the double-clicking function.



Steps to change speed of mouse movement



Open Control Panel window on the system and double-click on the 'Mouse' icon. Then select 'Properties' option and then choose 'Pointer Options' tab. There you can find motion pointer speed slide bar. Move the bar to the left for decreasing speed and moving it right will increase the speed. After setting the appropriate option, click on the 'Ok' button and close the window. Now the speed of the mouse has been changed.



Steps to change the speed of double-clicking on the mouse


Open Control Panel and select 'Mouse' option. Then choose the 'Mouse Properties' option on the window. Click on the 'Activities' tab or 'Buttons' tab on the 'Properties' window. The tab will be enabled by default. Change the speed of the double-click action by dragging the pointer. Click 'Ok' and exit the window after setting a suitable speed.




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