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

Method #3

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

Method #4

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


How to Create a Mouse Properties Shortcut in Windows 10

Here, we’ll see the steps to create a Mouse Properties shortcut in the 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 for 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 a window to make it active in Windows 10 by default. Follow the below steps to make a window active by hovering instead of clicking:

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

Select “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 “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 chose 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 below section.

Alternate Method

Launch Mouse Properties. Navigate to the “Wheel” tab. In the “Vertical Scrolling” section, you can 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 chose 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, 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 Open an Item with a Single Click in Windows 10

By default, you can open an item in Windows 10 by double-clicking it. Follow the below steps if you want to open an item in Windows 10 with a single click:

Open the File Explorer Options. In the “General” tab, in the “Click items as follows” section, you can see “Single-click to open an item (point to select).” Click on it.

Under that, you can see two options:

  • Underline icon titles consistent with my browser – If you select this option, you can always see underline in the item title.
  • Underline icon titles only when I point at them – If you choose this option, you can see an underline in the item title when you hover your mouse over it.

​Choose the one you want from the above two options. Click the “Ok” button at the bottom.

From now on, you can open an item with a single click.

If you want to go back to the default, then open File Explorer Options, select “Double-click to open an item (single-click to select),” and then click the “Ok” button at the bottom.


How to Change 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 can 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 above option and hit the “Ok” button at the bottom.

Alternate Method

​Open the Settings app. Click Devices > Mouse. Now, you can see a drop-down list under “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 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.

Hit the “Ok” button at the bottom.

Note: To disable, unselect the above option 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 below steps:

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 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.

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.


Written by Thirumal raj. Check out more posts here: Windows 10.