How to Change Mouse Settings in Windows 10?

In this post, we’ll see:

Open Mouse Properties

You can do this in 4 different ways, and they are:

Method #1

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

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

Method #2

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

Mouse link

Method #3

  1. Open Start menu.
  2. Type mouse and then hit Mouse settings in the search results.
  3. Click the Additional mouse options link.

Method #4

Open System32 folder. Double-click main.cpl file.

main.cpl file

Change Mouse Double-Click Speed

  1. Open Mouse Properties.
  2. In the Double-click speed section, you can find a slider that you can use to change the double-click speed of your mouse.
  3. Slide it to the left (to decrease the speed) or right (to increase the speed). Keep in mind that the change is immediate.
Changed double-click speed
  1. Beside slider, you can view a Folder icon and that is for testing speed. Double-click on it to find out the speed you chose is right for you or not.
  2. Once you’re okay with the speed you chose, hit the Ok button at the bottom.

To Find Mouse Pointer in Windows 10

  1. Launch Mouse Properties.
Mouse Properties pop-up
  1. Navigate to the Pointer Options tab.
  2. In the Visibility section, you can see Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key option. Select it.
Selected Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key option
  1. 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.

Unselected Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key option

Turn On or Off Mouse Pointer Trails

Steps to Enable

  1. Open Mouse Properties.
Mouse Properties pop-up
  1. Navigate to the Pointer Options tab.
  2. In the Visibility section, you can 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.
Selected Display pointer trails option
  1. Hit the Ok button at the bottom.

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

Unselected Display pointer trails option

Change Primary Mouse Button

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. Let’s get started.

Steps

  1. Open Mouse Properties.
  2. In the Button configuration section, you can see the Switch primary and secondary buttons option. Select it.
Selected Switch primary and secondary buttons option
  1. 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 above option and hit the Ok button at the bottom.

Alternate Method

  1. ​Open the Settings app.
  2. Click Devices > Mouse.
  3. Now, you can see a drop-down list under Select your primary button.
  4. Open it and select Right.
Right is chosen from the drop-down list

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

Change Mouse Pointer Speed

  1. Launch Mouse Properties.
Mouse Properties pop-up
  1. Go to the Pointer Options tab.
  2. In the Motion section, you can see a slider, which you can use to change mouse pointer speed.
  3. 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.
Changed pointer speed
  1. Click on the Ok button at the bottom.

Change Mouse Scroll Speed

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Devices > Mouse.
  3. Now, you can see a drop-down list beneath Roll the mouse wheel to scroll.
  4. Please 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.
  5. If you chose the former, then use the slider beneath the drop-down list to customize how many lines to scroll each time.
Changed the value using the slider

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

Alternate Method

  1. Launch Mouse Properties.
Mouse Properties pop-up
  1. Navigate to the Wheel tab.
  2. In the Vertical Scrolling section, you can see two options: The following number of lines at a time and One screen at a time.
  3. Pick the option as per what you want your mouse wheel roll to scroll. If you chose the former, then use the box beneath it to customize how many lines to scroll each time.
Changed the value using the box
  1. In the Horizontal Scrolling section, you can see a box that you can use to customize how many characters to scroll every time.
  2. After you set, 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.

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:

  1. Open the Settings app (press Windows and I key simultaneously for that).
  2. Hit Devices > Mouse.
  3. Click on the toggle switch beneath Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them.
Turned off Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them

Note: if you want to enable this feature, follow the above steps.

Turn On or Off Snap Pointer to Default Button

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

  1. Open Mouse Properties.
Mouse Properties pop-up
  1. Go to the Pointer Options tab.
  2. In the Snap To section, you can see the Automatically move pointer to the default button in a dialog box option. Select it.
Selected Automatically move pointer to the default button in a dialog box option
  1. 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.

Unselected Automatically move pointer to the default button in a dialog box option

Enable or Disable ClickLock

Usually, you hold down the mouse button while highlighting or dragging items.

If you don’t want to do it during these tasks, you need to enable the ClickLock feature.

ClickLock lets you highlight or drag items without holding down the mouse button.

Enable ClickLock in Windows 10

  1. In the Mouse Properties pop-up, select the Turn on ClickLock option.
  2. Now you can see the enabled Settings button. Click on it.
  3. Set the duration as per your choice. Keep in mind that after this duration only the ClickLock will get activated.
Settings for ClickLock popup
  1. Hit the Ok button.
  2. Hit the Ok button.
Ok button in the Mouse Properties popup

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

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

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 release the hold and then highlight the items.

Click the mouse button to finish highlighting.

Note that you can also use the above steps to highlight text.

To Drag

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

Now release the hold and then drag the items.

Click the mouse button on the location you want, and it’ll drop the items there.

To Disable ClickLock

Open Mouse Properties pop-up, unselect the Turn on ClickLock option, and then hit the Ok button.

Unselected Turn on ClickLock option