Adjusting Mouse Click Sensitivity

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 26, 2018)

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The "click" action for Donna's mouse seems very sensitive. In fact, for some links all she needs to do is hover over the link and Windows thinks she has clicked, even when she haven't. Donna wonders if there is a way to make the mouse less sensitive.

The mouse is a programmable piece of hardware whose behavior can be changed by modifying some settings within Windows. The primary controls that you are interested in are in the Mouse Properties dialog box:

  1. Display the Control Panel.
  2. Click the Hardware and Sound category.
  3. Click the Mouse link, under the Devices and Printers category. Windows displays the Mouse Properties dialog box.
  4. Make sure the Pointer Options tab is displayed. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The Pointer Options tab of the Mouse Properties dialog box.

You may need to play around with the settings in the dialog box a bit; the major thing to check is your pointer speed. There have been reports that if the speed is set too slow or too fast for your mouse, it can result in some erratic behavior—like that reported by Donna.

You may also want to look at the Buttons tab of the Mouse Properties dialog box. There is a setting there that allows you to specify how sensitive the mouse is when detecting single-click vs. double-click. This can also affect mouse performance.

Finally, there is one other thing to check if you have an older mouse that has a roller ball on the bottom: It may be dirty. Turn your system off, turn the mouse upside down, turn the ring around the ball to remove it, and look for any grunge that has built up inside the roller ball housing. Make sure you inspect the small wheels against which the ball rolls and the ball itself. They should all be free of dirt and dust.

 This tip (13387) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 2 + 3?

2018-03-26 13:04:30

Allan Poe

In my Windows 7 there is no Control Panel>Hardware and Sound category. Must use Mouse category.


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