How to Test Mouse Speed

by Steve Gregory

The mouse is a computing peripheral that enable users to interact with a computer. It controls the cursor that is used to navigate the graphical user interface of an operating system, such as Windows. Although the default speed of the mouse is set by the system, the settings may accidentally change due to an update or application installation. In order to test the speed settings of your mouse, access the Mouse Properties utility in Windows.

Click "Start," then "Control Panel" and select "Printers and Other Hardware" or "Printers and Devices." Click "Mouse" from the list of devices. The "Mouse Properties" dialog window will open.

Click the "Buttons" tab, then double-click the folder in the "Double-click speed" section to test the double-click speed of the mouse. If the speed is not to your liking, adjust it by moving the slider next to "Speed," toward "Slow" or "Fast." Click the "Apply" button to save the settings.

Click the "Pointer Options" tab. Click the slider under "Select a pointer speed" in the "Motion" section. Move the slider toward "Slow" or "Fast," then test the mouse speed by moving the cursor on your screen. When you have achieved a speed to your liking, click the "Apply" button to save the settings.

Click the "Wheel" tab if applicable to your mouse. Select the check box next to "The following number of lines at a time," then click the up or down arrows in the box to select a number. The higher the number that is in the box, the faster the scroll wheel on your mouse will move. Place the cursor on a document with lines of text and move the scroll wheel to test the speed. Increase or decrease the number according to the speed you are satisfied with. Click the "Apply" button to save your changes, then click "OK."

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An avid technology enthusiast, Steve Gregory has been writing professionally since 2002. With more than 10 years of experience as a network administrator, Gregory holds an Information Management certificate from the University of Maryland and is pursuing MCSE certification. His work has appeared in numerous online publications, including Chron and GlobalPost.

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