Adjusting the Mouse Double-Click Speed

by Barry Dysert
(last updated July 27, 2015)

Many operations in Windows require that you double-click the mouse button. Some of us are faster at double-clicking than others, so the mouse double-click speed can be adjusted. To do this, display the Control Panel and click the Hardware and Sound link. Then click the Mouse link under the Devices and Printers group. Windows displays the Buttons tab of the Mouse Properties dialog box. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Buttons tab of the Mouse Properties dialog box.

In the middle of the dialog box is the place where you can adjust the double-click speed. Click and drag the slider toward Slow or Fast to change how quickly the system responds to a double-click. You can test whether you like the speed by double-clicking on the folder icon to the right of the slider. If the folder changes, the double-click was recognized; if it doesn't your double-click was too slow.

After you have the mouse speed set to your satisfaction, click OK and then close any other dialog boxes that may be left open.

 This tip (12504) applies to Windows 7 and 8.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

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