Configure Mouse and Keyboard settings in Windows 10

If you use a laptop or a desktop computer, there is a high chance that you rely on your mouse or on your touch pad to use it. Working with Windows implies the use of one of these devices. You can also connect a Bluetooth device to your Windows tablet if that makes it easier for you to work on it. Therefore, if you want to be more productive, it is important to configure your device just the way you like it. Whether you want to change what its buttons do, or change its sensitivity to be higher or lower, read this tutorial and find out how to do it in Windows 10:

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Note: The settings that we are showing in this article refer to most hardware, but some more advanced mice and touchpads have specialized drivers with additional options. To configure those settings, you have to refer to the user manual of your specific pointing device.

Access the basic mouse settings:

To configure the essential features of your mouse or your touchpad, you have to access the Settings app. To do so, first, open the Start Menu by clicking the Start button on the bottom left corner of your desktop. Then, click or tap Settings to open the app.

In the settings menu, click on Devices.

On the left side of the window, select “Mouse” to access the mouse configuration settings.

Select the primary mouse button:

The first setting, “Select your primary button” sets the button allocation. Click to open the list of options and choose between having your left or right mouse button set as primary. The default setting is left, but you might want to change it to the right if you are left-handed.

Change the mouse wheel scrolling options:

The second option configures how scrolling with the mouse wheel works. Click to choose one of the available options: scroll “Multiple lines at a time” or scroll “One screen at a time.” The first is the default setting, which makes scrolling smoother and slower while selecting the second one makes the mouse wheel scroll a whole screen of content at a time. The easiest way to see how these scrolling options work is to open a website, like Digital Citizen and check which scrolling method you prefer.

If you choose to scroll “Multiple lines at a time,” you can use the scrollbar below the setting to set how many lines to scroll at a time. Click and drag the cursor to the left or to the right to decrease or increase the number of lines. The default setting is 3.

Next, you can set the scroll behaviour regarding inactive windows, or windows in the background. If “Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them” is set to On, when you move the cursor over an inactive window, you can scroll it without having to focus on it. If it is turned Off, you first have to click on the inactive windows before scrolling their contents. The default setting is On.

Access the advanced mouse settings:

If you wish to explore additional settings, click the “Additional mouse options” link in the settings window, under the Related settings section.

It will open properties window with the first tab Buttons being active.

Select the primary mouse button, using the “Mouse Properties” window:

The first thing you can do is change the primary mouse button, which is the same setting you had by selecting the primary mouse button in the Mouse settings window. Here, you do not choose the primary button, but switch them by ticking the “Switch primary and secondary buttons” box. The picture of a mouse on the right shows which button is currently the primary (colored in blue).

Set the mouse double-click speed:

You can also set the “Double-click speed”: this sets how fast you have to press the primary mouse button two times to have it considered a double-click. Slower mouse users might want to lower this speed. You can test the selected option on the folder icon on the right.

Turn on ClickLock:

ClickLock is the last setting on the Buttons tab. You can turn it on by ticking the “Turn on ClickLock” box.

When ClickLock is on, it can replace clicking and dragging: click and hold your primary mouse button (usually the left button for right-handed people) briefly, then release it. This “locks” the click and your mouse button is considered pressed until you click it again. Press the Settings button to configure ClickLock length.

Here you can set how long you need to hold down the mouse button before the click is “locked.” Drag the bar left or right to decrease or increase the required time. Apply the setting with a click on OK.

Change keyboard layout and language in Windows 10:

Sometimes, when you type one key on the keyboard, it might type some other. In this case, it is required to change the keyboard layout and the language. Follow the below resolution steps to perform the same.

Please make a note that, in order to change a keyboard layout on Windows 10, you need to have more than one added so let’s tackle that first. Also check out our round-up of the best keyboards you can buy.

Add a keyboard layout in Windows 10:

  1. Click the start menu or hit the Windows key.
  2. Then click on Settings.
  3. Then tap on Time & language.
  4. Select Region & language.
  5. After that click on the language you wish to add a keyboard layout to.
  6. Double click on Options.
  7. Tap on Add a keyboard.
  8. Click on the keyboard you want to add.

Change the keyboard layout in Windows 10:

  1. Press and hold the Windows key.
  2. Press spacebar (keep pressing to scroll through options).
  3. Alternatively, click the icon next to the keyboard icon in the system tray and choose the layout you want.
  4. If you’re using the on-screen keyboard click the bottom-right button and select.


In Windows 10, you can configure almost every detail of how your mouse works, with the notable exception of what the extra buttons do, when you have it with more than two buttons on it. However, compared to previous Windows versions, Windows 10 offers simplified access to the Settings app, where you can modify basic mouse settings. At the same time, you can access the more detailed Mouse Properties window, with more options and an interface familiar to users of previous Windows versions. For further support, leave comments or ask more on Forum.


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