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HP PCs - Mouse Features and Settings (Windows 10, 8)

This document applies to HP and Compaq computers with Windows 10 or 8.
This document explains how to use mouse features, and how to change or adjust mouse settings in Windows 10 or 8.
Using your mouse
The mouse is a hand-held or touchpad device used to work within the Windows environment. The following list describes basic mouse functions:
  • Point to and select objects on the screen.
  • Select and/or move data or files by dragging and dropping.
  • Start software applications and shortcuts, or open files.
  • Scroll app windows or web pages by clicking and holding a scroll bar, or by moving the mouse wheel (the third button wheel on some mouse models).
Use the following sections to learn more about how to use your mouse.
Changing the look of your mouse pointer
To change the mouse pointer (cursor) image:
  1. In Windows, search for and open Change how the mouse pointer looks.
  2. In the Mouse Properties window, click the Pointers tab.
    • To choose a new pointer image: In the Customize box, click the pointer function (such as Normal Select), and click Browse. Select a pointer option from the list.
      Figure : Customize Mouse Properties
      Customize options in Mouse Properties
    • To change the entire scheme of pointers: Click the down arrow in the Scheme field and select a new pointer scheme from the list.
  3. Click OK to save your changes.
Changing mouse pointer speed
Use these steps to change the mouse pointer speed:
  1. In Windows, search for and open Change the mouse pointer display or speed.
  2. In the Mouse Properties window, click the Pointer Options tab.
  3. In the Motion field, click and hold the slider while moving the mouse to the right or left, to adjust the mouse speed.
    Figure : Pointer speed slider in Pointer Options
    Pointer speed slider in Pointer Options
  4. Click OK to save your changes.
Adjusting mouse for right-hand or left-hand use
Use the following steps to adjust the mouse for right-hand or left-hand use:
  1. In Windows, search for and open Change your mouse settings.
  2. Click the arrow in the Select your primary button box, then select Left if you want to use the left button for primary functions such as selecting and dragging, or select Right if you want to use the right button for primary functions.
    Figure : Changing the mouse buttons (Windows 10 example)
    Changing the mouse buttons
Adjusting double-click speed
Use these steps to adjust the mouse double-click speed. If you prefer to open folders with a single-click rather than a double-click, see the next section, Specifying a single-click or a double-click to open folders.
  1. In Windows, search for and open Change the mouse pointer display or speed.
  2. In the Mouse Properties window, click the Buttons tab.
  3. In the Double Click Speed section, click and hold the slider while moving the mouse to the right or left, to adjust the double-click speed.
    Figure : Adjusting the double-click speed
    Image of the double-click speed slider
  4. Test the adjusted speed by double-clicking the folder to the right of the slide bar.
    Figure : Double-click speed test
    Image of Double-click speed test
  5. Click OK to save your changes.
Specifying a single-click or a double-click to open folders
Use the following steps to change how mouse clicks are used to open your folders and files:
  1. In Windows, search for and open Folder Options.
  2. In the Folder Options window, click the General tab.
  3. In the Click items as follows area, click one of the following options:
    • Single-click to open an item (point to select)
    • Double-click to open an item (single-click to select)
    Figure : Select the single-click or double-click option
    General tab with single-click and double-click options
  4. Click OK to save your changes.

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