Customizability is one of the strong points of Windows 10 and a key reason for its massive user base. Windows 10 provides users the ability to customize the mouse and change how the cursor behaves. Many users are unaware that they can change mouse settings to enhance their experience on Windows 10.
Some of the mouse settings include changing the scroll speed, cursor speed, selecting the number of lines to scroll each time, the ability to switch mouse key, and plenty more. In this article, I have discussed how to change mouse settings in Windows 10.
How To Change Mouse To Left Handed In Windows 10?
One of the prominent mouse settings is the ability to reassign the mouse keys. This is essential for left-handed mouse users as they can switch mouse keys. This optimizes the mouse to behave the same way as for a right-handed person, which is to use the forefinger for selecting (left-click) and the middle finger for opening the context menu (right-click).
To reassign mouse keys in Windows 10 from the Settings app, follow the steps given below:
- Open the Start menu and type Mouse Settings. Select the top result to open the Mouse options in the Settings app.
- Click on the Select your primary button drop-down menu and select the Right option.
You can also switch mouse keys from the Control Panel. To know how to change mouse settings from Control Panel, follow the steps given below:
- Type Control Panel in the Start menu and select the suitable option.
- After the control panel opens, change the View By to Small icons.
- Click on Mouse to open the Mouse Properties.
- Select the Buttons tab and check the Switch primary and secondary buttons box.
- Click on Apply and OK to save the changes.
Now, the right-click will become the primary button and you will have to use it to select, and vice versa with the left-click.
How To Change Mouse Settings?
There are plenty of mouse settings that you can dabble your hands in for customization. I have discussed them separately so that you directly check out the mouse settings that you desire to customize.
Customize Mouse Through Settings App
Microsoft has plans to make the Settings app the successor of the old control panel in Windows 10. Many mouse customizable settings have been made available in the Settings app. Here we will take a look at them and understand what they do. Open the Mouse settings to check these options.
Cursor Speed: One of the first things you will notice in the Mouse settings is the Cursor speed slider. You can move the slider to the right to increase the cursor speed and left to decrease.
Choose how many lines to scroll with one roll of mouse wheel: Below the cursor speed, you will find the Roll the mouse wheel to scroll drop-down menu and choose how many lines to scroll each time slider. As the name suggests, you can customize them to change the mouse scroll speed.
Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them: When this setting is enabled, it allows users to scroll any inactive screen without he need to select them. Just moving the cursor over it is enough.
Adjust mouse & cursor size: This option opens the cursor customization settings on your screen. You can increase or decrease the cursor size and change the pointer color from here.
Additional mouse options: This opens the Mouse Properties in Control Panel. The mouse properties in control panel include many features that the Settings app doesn’t. Let’s take a look at them.
Customize Mouse Through Control Panel
In the Control Panel mouse properties, many settings are unavailable in the Settings app. Here I have discussed them by separating on the basis of tabs.
Buttons: The Buttons tab has the Click Lock setting. The Click Lock when enabled, allows you to highlight or drag without holding down the mouse button. In place of holding down, click once to lock it and click again to release it.
Pointers: This tab includes more pointer customization than the Settings app. Here you can change the Pointer scheme and customize the pointer for various tasks. Also, you can enable a pointer shadow that adds shadow for the cursor.
Pointer Options: Here you can enable pointer precision and pointer trails. Also, you can enable the show location of the pointer feature that will locate the pointer whenever you press the Ctrl key. Another useful option is the Automatically move pointer to the default button in a dialog box. This option, as it says, snaps the mouse pointer on the default option in a prompt.
Wheel: Here you can not only change the vertical scroll speed but also the horizontal scroll speed.
Mouse and Keyboard Center: This is where you can change the Microsoft mouse and keyboard settings. I have already discussed about the Mouse and Keyboard Center in detail.
So, there you have it. Now you know how to change mouse settings in Windows 10. If you have any questions regarding this topic, ask them in the comment section below.