There are several things that you can adjust about the way the mouse behaves using the Mouse Properties dialog. You should experiment until you find settings that let you use it comfortably.
Your favorite pointing device may have more features than a standard mouse has. For example, you may be able to adjust the pressure sensitivity of a glidepad. Your device may have extra buttons that can be programmed. Your properties dialog may look different from the standard one used in the illustrations.
Older mice that use a roller ball to sense the motion of the mouse need to be placed on a mouse pad. Such a pad has the right amount of texture to let the roller ball roll smoothly without sliding. The disadvantage to this old type of mouse is that is needs to be cleaned regular to keep the ball rolling smoothly.
An optical mouse uses a laser instead of a roller ball. It does not usually need to be on a pad. But it does need a surface with a visual 'texture'.
Customizing and User Accounts: Any customizing that you do applies only to the current user. So, if you have your own logon account, you can rearrange and customize all day and other users won't be affected at all!
Step-by-Step: The Mouse
|What you will learn:|| to move mouse pointer
to click, double-click, right click, and drag
to adjust mouse settings using the Mouse Properties dialog
Start with: Desktop and Taskbar showing
This lesson assumes that you are using a normal mouse that you move in order to move the mouse pointer on the screen. If you are using another type of pointing device (trackball, glidepad, touchpad, or touch screen), you will need to interpret the directions to make sense for your device.
You can lock the Taskbar so that it cannot be moved around. This also keeps areas like Quick Launch and the Notification Area from being resized.
For the next section you need a movable Taskbar.
If there is a check mark
beside the menu command Lock the Taskbar ,
click on the command with the left mouse button, to unlock the Taskbar.
The menu will close immediately.
Be sure that the Taskbar is not locked. (See step above)
The illustrations for this section were taken from Windows 8. But it works the same in the all recent versions.
Now, you have seen the pointer change shape; you have clicked and dragged. What skills you have!
If you wish, you can lock the Taskbar back again now.
You need to open the Control Panel to get to the Mouse Properties dialog.
WinXP, Vista, Win7:
While in the Start Screen, start typing the words control panel.
The screen changes to show search results.
Win 8 and Win 8.1 show the results a bit differently. Neither one seem to be able to list more than about 260 items, even if they give a larger number of items 'found'.
Win8: Search results start showing while you are typing.
Below the search box you can see the number of items found by category: Apps, Settings, and Files. The numbers change as you type. To the left of the Search panel are icons for the selected category.
The category Apps is selected by default. If you click on Settings or Files, you will see a longer list of results in that category. Files is further broken down into Documents, Videos, Music, etc.
Win8.1: A short combined list of search results appears directly below the search box. To see a longer list, click the magnifying glass at the right of the search box or the copy of your search word(s) at the bottom of the list. (This does not look like a link!)
The Control Panel window will open on the Desktop. This window contains icons that open dialog boxes for managing different aspects of Windows. There may also be icons for programs that are installed on the computer, especially for hardware attached to your computer. Your window may have different icons than the illustrations, of course, depending on your exact version of Windows and what programs and hardware you have.
A window will open that lets you change some of the behaviors of the mouse.
The Mouse Properties dialog box allows you to set several characteristics about your mouse's behavior.
Using a Check Box: On the Buttons tab you can switch the default functions of the buttons by clicking the little box, called a check box, labeled ""Switch primary and secondary buttons". A check mark appears in the box, which turns on the feature. This is very helpful to people who are left-handed.
You can control the speed required to get a double-click by using another type of dialog box input, the slide bar.
Your pointing device may use its own dialog. You may have to look around to find the test area.
Leave the Control Panel open for the next Step-by-Step.