A Complete Guide to Mouse Settings in Windows 10

While you can start using a wired, wireless, or Bluetooth mouse as soon as you plug it into your PC, it’s always a good idea to customize it to suit your needs. Windows 10 has many mouse settings that can help you with that.

For example, you can change the cursor speed, swap the left and right mouse buttons, or customize the look of the pointer. This complete guide to mouse settings walks you through every mouse-related feature in Windows 10.

Basic mouse options in the Settings app

The Settings app provides quick access to a handful of the most common mouse settings in Windows 10.

Open the Get started menu and select SettingsDevices† Then choose Mouse on the sidebar.

Select your primary button: Toggle the primary mouse button to the left (default) or to the right. If you prefer to use a mouse with your left hand, this is the first option you may want to change.

Cursor Speed: Drag the slider left or right to determine the cursor speed. If you find it difficult to move it from one end of the screen to the other, increase the speed. But if it feels too fast, try it down a notch.

Roll the mouse wheel to scroll: Set the mouse wheel to scroll through multiple lines or an entire screen at once. The latter is fast, but you may find it a bit shocking.

Choose how many lines you want to scroll each time: If you chose to scroll multiple lines, drag the slider to define the exact number.

Scrolling through inactive windows when hovering over them: Decide whether to scroll through the content in a window while hovering the cursor over it. If you tend to multitask with a lot of windows, you can leave this option active. Conversely, disable it if you want to avoid accidentally browsing inactive windows.

Accessibility options in the Settings app

Windows 10 includes a number of Ease of Access settings related to the mouse. Open the Settings app and select Easy access to reach them

You can find the first set of settings under mouse pointer on the sidebar.

Change pointer size: Drag the slider to increase or decrease the size of the pointer.

Change pointer color: Change the color by choosing a color scheme. For example, you can change the default white-colored pointer to black, switch colors depending on the background, or choose a custom color.

The second set of settings is under: text cursor on the sidebar.

Enable text cursor indicator: Activates a text cursor indicator to improve typing visibility. Then choose a color and use the slide to increase or decrease the color of the indicator.

Change the thickness of the text cursor: Drag the slider to increase or decrease the thickness of the text cursor.

Open the Mouse Properties panel

The Mouse Properties panel in Windows 10 contains the majority of mouse settings in Windows 10. You can get there by selecting Additional mouse options below SettingsDevicesMouseRelated settings

Mouse Properties is an old-fashioned dialog box consisting of five tabs:TestshandsPointer optionsWheeland Hardware† Some contain settings similar to those in the Settings app. We’ll walk you through each tab in detail below.

Mouse Properties: Buttons Tab

As the name suggests, the Buttons tab in the Mouse Properties panel focuses on how the buttons on your mouse work.

Button Configuration: Swap the default left and right buttons.

Double click speed: Use the slider to determine how fast double-clicking works on your computer. If you are having trouble opening files and folders, try reducing the speed.

ClickLock: Activate this option if you want to drag files and folders without clicking and holding them. Instead, short press the button to select an item (choose Settings to determine the duration). Then move the cursor and select the primary button again to release the item.

Mouse Properties: Pointers Tab

The Pointers tab focuses on changing the visual appearance of the mouse cursor. You can add a touch of personalization while improving visibility at the same time.

Scheme: Change the Default Windows setting mouse pointer by choosing an alternative such as Windows BlackWindows reversedWindows Standardetc. Use the preview pane to choose the scheme that best suits your needs before applying it.

To adjust: Customize the contextual cursors for each scheme. Double click on an action (Working in the backgroundBusySelect text, etc.) and choose another .ANI or .CUR file from the built-in library or third-party icon pack. You can always choose Standard to undo any changes, so feel free to experiment.

Enable pointer shadow: Adds a shadow to the mouse pointer. This makes it somewhat easy to keep track of the cursor as you move it.

Mouse Properties: Pointer Options Tab

The Pointer Options tab in the Mouse Properties panel provides additional customization options for the mouse pointer.

Movement – Select a pointer speed: Drag the slider to control the speed of the pointer.

Movement – ​​Improve pointer precision: Enable this option if you prefer mouse acceleration in Windows 10† Contrary to the name, the functionality makes your cursor less precise!

Snap to: Automatically moves the pointer to the default button in a dialog box. Leave it disabled if you prefer total control over your mouse.

Visibility – Show pointer trails: add a track to the cursor and determine its length by dragging the cursor from short until Long or vice versa. This option is ideal if you have trouble following the cursor.

Visibility – Hide the pointer while typing: If the cursor continues to hinder you while typing, try activating this option.

Visibility – Show pointer location when I press the CTRL key: If you cannot find the cursor, you can activate this option by pressing . to push Check

Mouse Properties: Wheel Tab

The Wheel tab allows you to control how your mouse’s scroll wheel works.

Vertical scrolling: check the radio button next to . at The following number of lines at once: to scroll a certain number of lines. Or select One screen at a time if you want to scroll an entire screen at a time.

Scroll horizontally: If your mouse scroll wheel supports tilt, insert a number to define the number of lines you want to scroll horizontally.

Mouse Properties: Hardware Tab

The Hardware tab contains a list of all mice and other pointing devices connected to your computer. Select a device and choose Properties to check general and driver-related information about the device.

If you are having trouble using the mouse, you can visit this panel to update the driver, roll back, power cycle the device, and so on. Alternatively, you can repair your mouse via the Device Manager

Additional accessibility settings in Control Panel

Aside from the above options, Windows 10 also includes a set of additional controls focused on accessibility. You can reach them by opening the Control Panel and selecting Ease of accessChange how your mouse works

Mouse pointers: Change the mouse pointer color and size (it overlaps with the color schemes under the Pointers tab of the Mouse Properties panel and the Accessibility panel of the Settings app).

Operate the mouse with the keyboard: Check the box next to Enable Mouse Keys until control the cursor with your keyboard† This is useful for interacting with the cursor while troubleshooting a pointing device.

Make managing windows easier: It includes a number of options that let you activate windows by hovering over them and prevent Windows from automatically arranging when you move them to the edge of the screen.

Don’t forget special mouse software

Apart from the above Windows mouse settings, don’t forget to use special support software for your mouse. For example, you can use the Logitech Options app to configure how Logitech mice work. These are often easier to operate and help improve the standard functionality of specific mice, such as the Logitech MX Master 3. Check your mouse manufacturer’s website to download and install compatible support software.

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