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Slow Down the Mouse's Double-Click Speed

This page explains step-by-step how to adjust the double-click speed of your mouse in Mac OS X. Many people experience difficulty double-clicking (clicking the mouse button twice in quick succession), because they are unable to do two quick clicks of the mouse button in time. The amount of time you have to complete a double-click can easily be increased to make the mouse more manageable.


Step 1: Open the "Keyboard & Mouse" window

Make sure you are in "Finder." If necessary, press Apple+Tab to cycle through the open applications until you return to "Finder."

Click on the "Apple" icon on the menu bar or press Ctrl+F2.

Click on "System Preferences," as shown in fig. 1, or press the down arrow key to highlight it and then press Enter.

fig. 1

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Step 2: Adjust the double-click speed

In the "Keyboard & Mouse" window (shown in fig. 3), make sure the "Mouse" tab is selected. If it is not, click on it, or press Ctrl+F7 to highlight one of the tabs and then press the left or right arrow key to select it. (Note: This window may display more options than those shown here, depending on the type of mouse you are using.)

fig. 3

mouse

Step 2: Adjust the double-click speed

In the "Keyboard & Mouse" window (shown in fig. 3), make sure the "Mouse" tab is selected. If it is not, click on it, or press Ctrl+F7 to highlight one of the tabs and then press the left or right arrow key to select it. (Note: This window may display more options than those shown here, depending on the type of mouse you are using.)

fig. 3

mouse-click-speed

Under the "Double-Click Speed" header, click on the slider and drag it to the speed you want, or press Tab until the slider is highlighted and then use the left and right arrow keys to set the speed.

In some versions of Mac OS X, you can test the speed setting you've chosen by double-clicking on the text box below the slider that says "Double-click here to test."

When you are finished, click on the window's red close button or press Apple+W.