Changing Your Mouse Properties in Windows XP

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In this guide I will show you how to change your mouse properties in Windows XP. Did you know that you can change the appearance of your mouse? You can also change the speed and visibility of the mouse. Windows XP has different schemes that you can apply to your mouse. You can customize the mouse to what you want if you can't find a scheme that you like. This guide will help also help the ones that are new to computers. I will walk you step by step through this process and explain each step. So let's get started.

Click your Start button at the bottom of your screen. Some people rearrange their desktop so that the Start button is at the top of their window. Either way, click the Start button to begin. When the menu pops up, click on the Control Panel link.

The Control Panel folder will open and you will see different icons in the folder. If you can't see the icons, do this. Go to the top of your window and click Tools > Folder Options. When the window opens, click on the View Tab. Under Hidden Files and Folder, tick the Show Hidden Files button. Click Apply and then the OK button. Now you should see your icons.

Double click on the Mouse icon in the Control Panel folder. The Mouse Properties box will open. This is where you will change the mouse settings. First, we will start with changing the appearance of the mouse.


How to Change the Appearance of your Mouse in Windows XP

When the Mouse Properties box opens, you will see a row of tabs at the top of the box. Click the Pointers tab at the top of the box. In the Pointers section you will see a drop down box under Schemes. Drop that box down and click a scheme and preview it in the bottom window. Go through the list of schemes to find the one that you want. To apply it, click the Apply button at the bottom of the box.

You can also customize the pointers how you want them if you can't find a scheme that you like. To change a pointer, click on the pointer that you want to change. Then click the Browse button. A window will open with different pointers in it. Click the pointer that you want and click the Open button. Go down to the next pointer and repeat the steps above to change it. Click the Apply button to apply the new mouse pointers.

How to Change the Speed of your Mouse Pointer in Windows XP

You can change the speed of your mouse by clicking on the Pointers Option tab. Under the Motion section you will see a bar. At one end it says slow and at the other end it says fast. Slide the bar to the right to speed your mouse up. Click Apply to apply the changes.

How to Change the Visibility of your Mouse in Windows XP

Click on the Pointers Options tab in the Mouse Properties window. In the bottom of the window you will see the visibility options. Change the options to what you want. Click the Apply button to apply the changes.

Click the OK button to close the Mouse Properties box. That's how you change your mouse.
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