Transcription of Make the Mouse Easier to Use Demo

Welcome to the demonstration of how to Make the Mouse Easier to Use in Windows Vista.

Many accessibility settings in Windows Vista can make the mouse easier or more comfortable to use.

To explore settings, open the Ease of Access Center in Control Panel by pressing the Windows Logo key + U.

Then, select "Make the mouse easier to use."

Here you'll find:

  • Mouse pointers
  • Control the mouse with the keyboard
  • Make it easier to switch between windows, and
  • Mouse settings

Mouse pointers

Choose from one of nine mouse pointer options of various size and color combinations that make it easier to see and control the mouse pointer.

For example, here's what "Extra Large Inverting" looks like on screen.

Control the mouse with the keyboard

Turn on Mouse Keys to control the mouse pointer using the numeric keypad if you want to use the keyboard instead of the mouse.

The arrow keys on the numeric keypad show the direction your mouse pointer will move when these keys are pressed.

Mouse Keys options include:

  • Turn on Mouse Keys with left ALT + left SHIFT + Number lock
  • Display a warning message when turning a setting on
  • Make a sound when turning a setting on or off
  • Pointer speed
  • Pointer acceleration
  • Use Control to speed up the mouse pointer and SHIFT to slow it down
  • Use Mouse Keys when Number lock is ON, or OFF, and
  • Display the Mouse Keys icon on the taskbar

Make it easier to switch between windows

Make it quicker and easier to switch between windows by activating a window by hovering over it with the mouse, rather than by clicking.

Mouse settings

More mouse settings are available in Mouse Properties.

On the Buttons tab:

  • Switch the primary and secondary buttons to reverse the right and left button functions
  • Select the Double-click speed to choose a speed from Slow to Fast
  • Turn on ClickLock if you want to highlight or drag without holding down the mouse button

On the Pointers tab, customize the icon used when Windows is performing certain actions, such as when the computer is busy, or when a window is being resized.

On the Pointer Options tab:

  • Select a pointer speed from Slow to Fast
  • Turn on SnapTo to move the pointer to the default button in a dialog box
  • Display pointer trails for an extra visual aid on screen, and adjust the pointer trail length
  • Hide the pointer while typing to eliminate the distraction, and
  • Show the location of the pointer when the CTRL key is pressed for an additional on-screen visual aid

This concludes our demonstration.

Tutorials are provided for the accessibility settings and programs demonstrated.

For more information, visit the Microsoft Accessibility Web site at: