How Do I Stop the Auto-Select From Occurring When I Hover My Mouse Over Something on My Laptop?

By Nick Davis

Updated September 28, 2017

You can disable the Auto-Select feature on your laptop.
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Windows 7 and Vista operating systems allow you to manage the way your computer's input devices work including your keyboard and mouse. One feature, present on both laptop and desktop computers running Windows 7 and Vista, is the Auto-Select option that lets you hover your computer's mouse over a folder or file and automatically open it. If you don't like this option, you can turn it off within your computer's Control Panel.

Entering the Ease of Access Center

Close any open programs or files. Click “Start,” then “Control Panel.” Click on the “Ease of Access” icon. The Ease of Access Center application will open. Your laptop's touchpad/mouse is managed through this application. You can also change and select different mouse pointer icons and change other settings related to your laptop's touchpad/mouse.

Disabling Auto-Select

Click on the link “Make the mouse easier to use.” Click on the check box next to the wording “Activate a window by hovering over it with the mouse” to deselect this option and turn Auto-Select off. Click “Apply,” then “OK” to close the Ease of Access Center and return to your computer's “Desktop.” Auto-Select is now disabled and you must now actually click on the folder or file you would like to open.


To change your laptop's touchpad/mouse sensitivity, click “Start,” “Control Panel.” Click on the “Mouse” icon. Move the sensitivity meter to “Less” or “More.” Note, your laptop may also have its own touchpad control located within your laptop's configuration folder.