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Chapter 20. Mice and Trackballs > Configuring a Mouse or Trackball

20.4. Configuring a Mouse or Trackball

Windows 9X/2000/XP allows you to customize how your mouse behaves. To do so, run the Mouse applet (Start Settings Control Panel Mouse) to display the Mouse Properties dialog, which for standard mice includes the following pages:

Buttons (Windows 9X/2000/XP)

The Buttons page in Windows 9X allows you to configure the mouse for right- or lefthanded use and specify the maximum duration between clicks that will still be recognized as a double-click. The Windows 2000/XP Buttons page has the same functions, and also allows you to specify whether a single click or a double click opens a file or folder. Changes in this dialog take effect immediately when you click Apply or OK. IntelliMouse 3.1 and later and recent Logitech mouse drivers allow or require you to specify the function of individual buttons, but don't allow you to switch between left- and right-handed configurations by clicking one option button.

Pointers (Windows 9X/2000/XP)

The Pointers page in Windows 9X allows you to change the appearance of the mouse cursor. If predefined mouse scheme(s) are installed, selecting one from the Schemes drop-down list defines all cursor types in one step. Double-clicking an individual pointer type displays a list of available cursor icons that can be assigned to that pointer type. Windows 2000/XP provides the same options, and adds a checkbox to enable pointer shadow.

Motion (Windows 9X/2000/XP)

The Motion page in Windows 9X allows you to set the speed of the mouse pointer using the Pointer speed slider. Depending on the mouse driver installed, other options may also appear on this page, including Snap-to (automatically move the pointer to the default option button in dialogs); Pointer trails (display a series of ghost pointers as the mouse is moved to prevent losing track of the pointer); and Vanish (hide the mouse pointer while typing). Windows 2000/XP provides the same options and adds standard Snap to default and Acceleration settings.

Hardware (Windows 2000/XP only)

These pages display the type of mouse installed. The Windows 2000/XP Hardware page provides a Troubleshoot button, which invokes the Mouse Troubleshooter Wizard, and a Properties button, which simply displays Device Manager properties for the mouse.


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