For Seniors: How to Change Your Computer Mouse Settings

If you have arthritis or carpal tunnel, using your computer mouse may cause pain. Fortunately, you can change your settings to make your computer mouse behave how you want. To avoid having to click your computer mouse too often, instead of moving your mouse with your hand, you can use your keyboard to move the cursor or cause a window to activate by hovering your mouse over it rather than clicking.

To change your computer mouse settings:

  1. Choose Start→Control Panel→Ease of Access and then click the Change How Your Mouse Works link.

    The Make the Mouse Easier to Use dialog box appears.

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  2. To use the numeric keypad to move your mouse cursor on your screen, choose the Turn on Mouse Keys setting.

    If you turn this feature on, click Set Up Mouse Keys to fine-tune its behavior.

  3. Select the Activate a Window by Hovering Over It with The Mouse check box to enable this feature.

    This feature is pretty self-explanatory!

  4. If you’re left-handed, click the Mouse Settings link; then, on the Buttons tab, use the Switch Primary and Secondary Buttons feature.

    The right mouse button now handles all the usual left button functions, such as clicking and dragging, and the left button handles the typical right-hand functions, such as displaying shortcut menus.

  5. Click OK.

    The new settings are saved.

  6. Click the Close button.

    The Ease of Access Center closes.

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