How to Change Mouse Settings in Windows 10

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How to Open Mouse Properties in Windows 10

Method #1

Use command main.cpl in any of the following programs to launch Mouse Properties.

  • Command Prompt
  • PowerShell
  • Address toolbar
  • File Explorer’s address bar
  • Task Manager (Hit File > Run new task option to use the command)

Method #2

Open the Control Panel. If you’re in the “Category” view, click on Hardware and Sound > Mouse. Else click on the “Mouse” link.

Method #3

Open the Start menu. Type mouse and then hit Mouse settings in the search results. Click the “Additional mouse options” link.

Method #4

Open the System32 folder. Double-click “main.cpl” file.

Read: How to Disable Touchpad in Windows 10

How to Create a Mouse Properties Shortcut in Windows 10

Here you’ll see the steps to create a Mouse Properties shortcut on your Windows 10 desktop. But remember that the steps are the same for creating a shortcut on File Explorer. Let us start.

Right-click on your desktop’s blank area.

Hover your mouse over “New.” Hit “Shortcut.” In the “Create Shortcut” pop-up, type main.cpl. Hit the “Next” button.

Provide the name of the shortcut as per your liking. Click on the “Finish” button.

How to Turn On or Off Activate a Window by Mouse Hover in Windows 10

You need to click on the window to make it active on Windows 10 by default. Follow the steps below to make the window active by hovering instead of clicking:

Open Control Panel (Here, I’m using the “Category” view). Click on Ease of Access. Hit the “Change how your mouse works” link.

Select the “Activate a window by hovering over it with the mouse” option which you can find in the “Make it easier to manage windows” section. Hit the “Ok” button.

Note: To go back to default, unselect the above option, and click on the “Ok” button.

How to Find Mouse Pointer in Windows 10

Launch Mouse Properties. Navigate to the “Pointer Options” tab. In the “Visibility” section, you can see the “Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key” option. Select it.

Hit the “Ok” button at the bottom. From now on, press the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard, and Windows 10 will show you the mouse pointer by circling it.

Note: If you don’t want this functionality, unselect the above option and click on the “Ok” button at the bottom.

How to Change Mouse Scroll Speed in Windows 10

Open Settings. Click on Devices > Mouse. Now, you can see a drop-down list beneath “Roll the mouse wheel to scroll.”

Open it and choose what you want your mouse wheel roll to scroll. The options are “Multiple lines at a time” and “One screen at a time.”

If you choose the former, then use the slider beneath the drop-down list to customize how many lines to scroll each time.

Note: If you want to change the horizontal scrolling setting, view the section below.

Alternate Method

Launch Mouse Properties. Navigate to the “Wheel” tab. In the “Vertical Scrolling” section, you will see two options: “The following number of lines at a time” and “One screen at a time.”

Pick the option as per what you want your mouse wheel roll to scroll. If you choose the former, then use the box beneath it to customize how many lines to scroll each time.

In the “Horizontal Scrolling” section, you can see a box that you can use to customize how many characters to scroll every time. After you set it, as per your preference, hit the “Ok” button at the bottom.

Note: Remember that the “Horizontal Scrolling” setting is for the mouse that supports horizontal scrolling.

How to Turn On or Off Scroll Inactive Windows

By default, you can scroll inactive windows when you hover your mouse over them. If you don’t want this feature, then you can turn it off, and here’s how:

Open the Settings app (Press the Windows and I key simultaneously for that). Hit on Devices > Mouse. Disable the switch beneath “Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them.”

Note: If you want to enable this feature, follow the steps above but enable it instead of disabling it.

How to Change the Primary Mouse Button in Windows 10

By default, the left button is the primary button and the right button is the secondary button of your mouse in Windows 10.

If you wish, you can change the primary mouse button (which changes secondary too). And remember that this change will affect the touchpad, too.

Here are the steps:

Open Mouse Properties. In the “Button configuration” section, you will see the “Switch primary and secondary buttons” option. Select it.

Keep in mind that the change is immediate. Now, the primary button is the right button, and the secondary button is the left button. Hit the “Ok” button at the bottom.

Note: If you want to go back to default, unselect the option above and hit the “Ok” button at the bottom.

Alternate Method

​Open the Settings app. Click Devices > Mouse. You can now see the drop-down list under the “Select your primary button.” Open it and select “Right.”

Note: If you want to revert, open the above drop-down list and select “Left.”

How to Turn On or Off Mouse Pointer Trails in Windows 10

Steps to Enable

Open Mouse Properties. Navigate to the “Pointer Options” tab.

In the “Visibility” section, you will see the “Display pointer trails” option. Select it. Beneath it, you can see a slider that you can use to set the length of the pointer trails.

Hit the “Ok” button at the bottom.

Note: To disable, unselect the option above and click on the “Ok” button at the bottom.

How to Turn On or Off Snap Pointer to Default Button in Windows 10

If you want your mouse pointer to be moved automatically to the default button in a dialog box in Windows 10, then follow the steps below:

Launch Mouse Properties. Go to the “Pointer Options” tab.

In the “Snap To” section, you can see the “Automatically move pointer to the default button in a dialog box” option. Select it.

Hit the “Ok” button at the bottom.

Note: If you don’t want this feature, then unselect the above option and click on the “Ok” button at the bottom.

How to Change Mouse Double-click Speed in Windows 10

Launch Mouse Properties. In the “Double-click speed” section, you can find a slider that you can use to change the double-click speed of your mouse.

Slide it to the left (to decrease the speed) or right (to increase the speed). Keep in mind that the change is immediate.

Beside the slider, you can view the “Folder” icon and that is for testing speed. Double-click on it to find out if the speed you chose is right for you or not.

Once you’re okay with the speed you chose, hit the “Ok” button at the bottom.

How to Change Mouse Pointer Speed in Windows 10

Launch Mouse Properties. Go to the “Pointer Options” tab. In the “Motion” section, you can see a slider, which you can use to change mouse pointer speed.

Slide it to the left (to decrease the speed) or right (to increase the speed). Keep in mind that the change is immediate so you can see the difference in the pointer speed right away. Click on the “Ok” button at the bottom.

Normally, you hold down the mouse button while highlighting or dragging items. If you do not want to do this during these tasks, you need to enable the ClickLock feature.

With ClickLock you can select or move items without holding down the mouse button. Let’s see how you can enable or disable it.

How to Enable or Disable ClickLock in Windows 10

To Activate ClickLock

In the “Mouse Properties” pop-up window, select the “Turn on ClickLock” option.

Now you will see the activated button “Settings.” Click on it.

Set the duration according to your choice. Note that after this duration only the ClickLock will be activated.

Press the “OK” button.

Press the “OK” button.

That’s it. You can highlight or drag items without holding down the mouse button, and here’s how:

Go to the place where the items you want to highlight or drag are located.

To Highlight

Hold down the mouse button for a few seconds (or for the duration you set) beside the items you want to highlight.

Now you can release the hold and then highlight the items.

Click on the mouse button to finish highlighting. Note that you can also highlight the text using the steps above.

To Drag

Hold down the mouse button for a few seconds (or for the duration you set) on the highlighted items.

Release the hold and then drag the items.

Click with the mouse on the location you want, and it will drop the items there.

To Disable ClickLock

Open the “Mouse Properties” pop-up.

Deactivate the option “Turn on ClickLock” and then press the “Ok” button.