Change mouse settings

If you want to make the mouse easier to use, you can change the mouse settings.

To change the mouse settings

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.)
  2. In the search box, enter Change how your mouse works, tap or click Settings, and then tap or click Change how your mouse works.
  3. Select the options that you want to use:
  • Change the color and size of mouse pointers. You can use these options to make the mouse pointer larger, or change the color to make it easier to see.
  • Turn on Mouse Keys. If using a mouse is awkward or difficult, you can turn on Mouse Keys so you don't need to use a mouse. Instead, you can use the numeric keypad or the arrow keys on your keyboard to move the pointer. For more info, see Use the numeric keypad to move the mouse pointer.
  • Activate a window by pointing to it with the pointer. This option makes it easier to select and activate a window by pointing at it with the mouse rather than by clicking it.
  • Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen. With this option, you can prevent windows from being automatically resized or docked.


  • Under see also, select Mouse settings to turn Click Lock on or off, change button configuration, choose pointer schemes, adjust pointer speed and acceleration, change pointer visibility options such as pointer trails, and more.
  • If you prefer to use your PC without using a mouse, try using Windows Speech Recognition, a tool that lets you use voice commands to work with Windows. For more info, see Using Speech Recognition.
  • If you're looking for new ways to use a mouse and keyboard, see Mouse and keyboard: What’s new in Windows.
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