Manage Mouse Double-Clicking Speed in Microsoft Windows 7

Since the invention of GUI-based operating systems, pointing devices like mice are widely accepted and used by 99.9% users around the globe. These pointing devices do not only point or select any particular object in interface of any GUI-based operating system or application, they are also perform some useful tasks like right-click, double-click, drag and drop, single click, etc. In any operating system where GUI is used and pointing devices like mice are important, the default configuration is that in order to execute or initialize any application or to open any folder, users are required to double-click the left button of their mice. On the other hand, if users want to view additional options that an object may have, they need to click the right mouse button and the process is technically known as right-clicking. The menu that appears if an object is right-clicked is called Context Menu.

Double-Clicking and Double-Clicking Speed

As mentioned above, when the left mouse button is double-clicked it initiates an executable file or application or opens the selected folder. In order to make things comfortable for the users, Microsoft has by default adjusted the double-click speed of the mouse button where a normal user can click left mouse button twice within the time interval of approximately half a second. This configuration is default and is appropriate for majority of users that use computers and mice around the globe. However there might be chances where physically challenged users might find it difficult to click the left mouse button that quickly. In order to make things easier for such users, the operating system allows them to configure the Windows in such a way that they can increase the required time interval between two mouse clicks. With the help of this type of configuration, users can left-click an object once and press the left button once again within the specified increased duration in order to select the object. For example, if users want they can configure the Windows so that they can delay the time interval between two left clicks by one or two seconds.

Likewise if users think that they are quite proficient in handling mice, they can decrease the time interval between two left-clicks. This allows them to work with the computer systems comparatively faster.

Manage and Modify Mouse Double-Clicking Speed

In order to change the default mouse double-clicking speed in Microsoft Windows 7, steps given below must be followed:

  1. Log on to Windows 7.
  2. From the desktop screen, right-click anywhere and from the displayed context menu, click Personalize.
  3. On the opened window, from the left bar click Change mouse pointers.
  4. On Mouse Properties box, go to Buttons tab, and under Double Click Speed section move the slider to the left or right to increase or decrease the time interval between two mouse left-clicks. The modified speed can be tested by double-clicking the folder icon that is available in front of the slider.

    Manage Mouse Double-Clicking Speed

  5. Once the desired double-clicking speed is adjusted, click OK button to save the changes.
Author: Vivek Nayyar

Works as Systems Admin in Siskin Technologies, India. Corporate trainer on Microsoft and Cisco platform. Specialized in Virtualization Technology. LAN Consultant for some local organizations.