How to slow down the mouse in Windows XP
This page explains step-by-step how to adjust the mouse speed in Windows XP. Many people have difficulty using a mouse because of the speed the pointer travels on the screen when the mouse is moved. This speed can easily be reduced to make the mouse more manageable.
Step 1: Open the 'Mouse Properties' window
Open the 'Start' menu by clicking on the 'Start' button, or by pressing the Windows key or Ctrl + Esc.
Click on 'Control Panel', or press C until it is highlighted and then press Enter if necessary. (Note: in earlier versions of XP, you will need to click on 'Settings' or press S first.)
You need to be in Classic view. If you see the text 'Pick a category', as shown in Fig 1, click on 'Switch to Classic View' or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter.
Double-click on the 'Mouse' icon, or press M until it is highlighted and then press Enter, to open the 'Mouse Properties' window shown in Fig 2.
Step 2: Adjust the mouse pointer's speed
If it is not already selected, click on the 'Pointer Options' tab, or press Ctrl + Tab to cycle through the tabs until it is selected.
To change the speed that the pointer moves across your screen, click on the slider under 'Select a pointer speed', and move it to a faster or slower speed setting. Alternatively, press Alt + C and then use the arrow keys to move the slider.
Click the 'OK' button or press Enter to finish.
Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.