Chapter 11. Using Preference Tools

Setting Mouse Preferences

Use the Mouse preference tool to configure your mouse for right-hand use or for left-hand use. You can also specify the speed and sensitivity of mouse movement.

You can customize the settings for the Mouse preference tool in the following functional areas:

  • Buttons

  • Cursors

  • Motion

Buttons Preferences

Use the Buttons tabbed section to specify whether the mouse buttons are configured for left-hand use. You can also specify the delay between clicks for a double-click.

Table 11.13, “Mouse Button Preferences” lists the mouse button preferences that you can modify.

Table 11.13. Mouse Button Preferences

Dialog Element

Description

Left-handed mouse

Select this option to configure your mouse for left-hand use. When you configure your mouse for left-hand use, the functions of the left mouse button and the right mouse button are swapped.

Timeout

Use the slider to specify the amount of time that can pass between clicks when you double-click. If the interval between the first and second clicks exceeds the time that is specified here, the action is not interpreted as a double-click.

Pointer Preferences

Use the Cursors tabbed section to set your mouse pointer preferences.

Table 11.14, “Mouse Pointer Preferences” lists the mouse pointer preferences that you can modify:

Table 11.14. Mouse Pointer Preferences

Dialog Element

Description

Small

Select this option to display a small mouse pointer.

Medium

Select this option to display a medium mouse pointer.

Large

Select this option to display a large mouse pointer.

Highlight the pointer when you press Ctrl

Select this option to enable a mouse pointer animation when you press and release Ctrl. This feature can assist you to locate the mouse pointer.

Motion Preferences

Use the Motion tabbed section to set your preferences for mouse movement.

Table 11.15, “Mouse Motion Preferences” lists the mouse motion preferences that you can modify:

Table 11.15. Mouse Motion Preferences

Dialog Element

Description

Acceleration

Use the slider to specify the speed at which your mouse pointer moves on your screen when you move your mouse.

Sensitivity

Use the slider to specify how sensitive your mouse pointer is to movements of your mouse.

Threshold

Use the slider to specify the distance that you must move an item before the move action is interpreted as a drag-and-drop action.