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.

Slow down the speed of the mouse pointer

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.

Fig 1Detail from Control Panel window

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.

Fig 2'Mouse Properties' window showing the 'Pointer Options' tab

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.

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