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Mouse Features and Settings (Windows 8)

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This document applies to HP and Compaq computers with Windows 8.
NOTE: If you are not using the latest version of Windows 8, some graphics and information in this document may vary. You can get the latest version from the Microsoft Store.
This document explains how to use mouse features, and how to change or adjust mouse settings, within the Windows 8 environment.

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).

Mouse pointer

The mouse pointer is the graphic image of the cursor displayed on-screen when the mouse is active. As the pointer moves over objects, the image changes to reflect the associated function. For example, the standard pointing image of an arrow is Normal Select. However, when the computer is processing a command, the Busy circle displays on the screen.
See Changing the look of your mouse pointer for steps to customize the pointer.

Mouse clicks

The following list describes the types of mouse clicks:
  • Click - single press on the left mouse button; selects data and performs commands.
  • Double-click - two rapid presses on the left mouse button; opens files or folders, opens shortcuts (a double-click must be two clicks in rapid succession or it may be interpreted as two single clicks). See Adjusting double-click speed for steps to adjust the double-click speed.
  • Right-click - one press on the right mouse button (also known as alternate clicking ); displays shortcut menus and drop-down menus. In some applications, right-clicking a menu item can access contextual information or specific help for that item.
  • Center-click - some mice support clicking the scroll wheel or a center mouse button. In some software applications and Internet browsers, clicking the scroll wheel once opens a scroll graphic allowing you to scroll up or down, depending on the placement of the mouse pointer.
  • Drag-and-drop or select - press and hold the left mouse button. When using the select feature within text, the text is selected or highlighted. Drag-and-drop can be used to rearrange tiles on the Start screen, or to close open apps. In the Windows desktop, you can use drag-and-drop to move files or folders:
    • From one folder to another
    • To the desktop
    • From the desktop to a folder
    • From any location to the Recycle Bin

Mouse wheel

The mouse wheel provides vertical scrolling and panning functions in applications with active scroll bars. Roll the mouse wheel up or down to scroll, or press the mouse wheel to activate panning.
Some mouse wheels have tilt-wheel functionality that allows a horizontal action. Tilt the wheel to the left or right to move horizontally within text.

Changing the look of your mouse pointer

To change the mouse pointer (cursor) image:
  1. From the Start screen, type personalization to open the Search charm, and select Personalize your computer from the search results.
    Figure 1: Personalize your computer
    The search for Personalize your computer
  2. In the Personalization window, click the Change mouse pointers link to open Mouse Properties.
    Figure 2: Change mouse pointers
    The change mouse pointers link in Personalization
  3. 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 3: Customize Mouse Properties
      Image of 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.
  4. Click OK to save your changes.

Changing mouse pointer speed

Use these steps to change the mouse pointer speed:
  1. From the Start screen, type personalization to open the Search charm, and select Personalize your computer from the search results.
    Figure 4: Personalize your computer
    The search for Personalize your computer
  2. In the Personalization window, click the Change mouse pointers link to open Mouse Properties.
    Figure 5: Change mouse pointers
    The change mouse pointers link in Personalization
  3. In the Mouse Properties window, click the Pointer Options tab.
  4. In the Motion field, click and hold the slider while moving the mouse to the right or left, to adjust the mouse speed.
    Figure 6: Pointer speed slider in Pointer Options
    Image of Pointer speed slider in Pointer Options
  5. 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. From the Start screen, type personalization to open the Search charm, and select Personalize your computer from the search results.
    Figure 7: Personalize your computer
    The search for Personalize your computer
  2. In the Personalization window, click the Change mouse pointers link to open Mouse Properties.
    Figure 8: Change mouse pointers
    The change mouse pointers link in Personalization
  3. In the Mouse Properties window, click the Buttons tab.
  4. For Desktop computers, in the Button configuration area, select Switch primary and secondary buttons to switch to left-hand use.
    Figure 9: Changing the mouse buttons
    Image of changing the mouse buttons in Mouse Properties
    NOTE:If Switch primary and secondary buttons is already selected, click to remove the check mark to return to right-hand use.
    For Notebook computers, in the Button configuration area, click the down arrow in the Devices field and select Touchpad or Other Pointing Device (for an external mouse) from the list. Select the Left-handed button.
    Figure 10: Changing the mouse buttons (Notebook computers)
    Changing the mouse buttons for Notebook computers
    NOTE:If Left-handed is already selected, click Right-handed to return to right-handed use.
  5. Click OK to save your changes.

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. From the Start screen, type personalization to open the Search charm, and select Personalize your computer from the search results.
    Figure 11: Personalize your computer
    The search for Personalize your computer
  2. In the Personalization window, click the Change mouse pointers link to open Mouse Properties.
    Figure 12: Change mouse pointers
    The change mouse pointers link in Personalization
  3. In the Mouse Properties window, click the Buttons tab.
  4. In the Double-click speed area, click and hold the slider while moving the mouse to the right or left, to adjust the double-click speed.
    Figure 13: Adjusting the double-click speed
    Image of the double-click speed slider
  5. Test the adjusted speed by double-clicking the folder to the right of the slide bar.
    Figure 14: Double-click speed test
    Image of Double-click speed test
  6. 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. At the Start screen, type folder options to open the Search charm. Select Folder Options in the Search results.
    Figure 15: Folder Options
    Folder Options on the Search screen
  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 16: General tab in Folder Options
    Image of General tab in Folder Options
  4. Click OK to save your changes.

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