How To Change The Settings To Slow Your Mouse Down, Make The Mouse Left-Handed And Enlarge The Mouse Pointer.
How to make your mouse easier to use
There are a number of ways you can adapt your computer to make it easier to use the mouse. These guides explain how to customise your operating system (Windows or Mac), so that you can use the mouse more easily with your left hand, as well as how to slow down the mouse pointer and increase the delay between clicks when you want to double-click the mouse.
Here is a way to do this…
- Make your mouse left-handed
Change the settings in your operating system to switch the functions of the left and right buttons on your mouse.
- Windows 7
- Mac OS X
How To Make The Mouse Left-Handed In Windows 7
This page explains step-by-step how to make the mouse left-handed in Windows 7. By default, your mouse is set up for a right-handed person, with the primary button on the left. However, you can swap the function of the mouse buttons from the default left click, so that a right click is instead used for selection and dragging. You’ll just need to remember to press the opposite button to what is called for when you are following instructions (for example, if you are requested to right-click on something).
Note: The ‘Ease of Access Center’ has replaced ‘Accessibility Options’ (which was used in earlier versions of Windows) in the ‘Control Panel’ of Windows 7.
Step 1: Open the ‘Mouse Properties’ window
Right-click anywhere on the desktop and select ‘Personalize‘, to open the ‘Personalization’ window. In the left-hand pane, click on ‘Change Mouse Pointers‘ to open the ‘Mouse Properties’ window shown in Fig 2. If you are unable to do this, use the following alternative method. Otherwise, go to Step 2.
Open the Ease of Access Center window by pressing the Windows key + U, or by clicking the ‘Start‘ button, followed by ‘Control Panel‘, then ‘Ease of Access‘, then ‘Ease of Access Center‘. Under the ‘Explore all settings’ header, click on ‘Make the mouse easier to use‘ (as shown in Fig 1), or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter.
In the ‘Make the mouse easier to use’ window, scroll down to the ‘See also’ header and click on ‘Mouse settings‘, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter. This will open the ‘Mouse Properties’ window shown in Fig 2.
Step 2: Swap the primary and secondary mouse buttons
If it is not already selected, click on the ‘Buttons‘ tab, or press Tab until any of the tabs is highlighted and then use the arrow keys to select the ‘Buttons‘ tab.
Under the ‘Button configuration’ header, tick the box next to ‘Switch primary and secondary buttons‘ by clicking on it, or press Alt + S to tick it.
Click the ‘OK‘ button or press Enter to finish.
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