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How to slow down the mouse in Apple OS X 10.10 Yosemite

How to slow down the mouse in Apple OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Note: Mac key convention: ‘Ctrl’ is used for ‘Control’, ‘Apple’ is used for ‘Command’ () and ‘Alt’ is used for the Option () key.

Note: For keyboard access make sure ‘Full keyboard access’ is turned on – you can turn it on or off; by pressing ‘Ctrl’ + ‘F1’ at any time.

Step 1

  • Open the ‘Apple Menu’ by clicking on the Apple icon () in the Menu Bar, or by pressing ‘Ctrl’ + ‘F2’
  • Click to select ‘System Preferences…’ as shown in Fig 1 or press the down arrow key to highlight it and then press ‘Enter’.

Fig 1 - Apple OS X 10.10 Yosemite - Slowing down the mouse - Apple Menu
Fig 1.

Step 2

  • Click on the ‘ Mouse ‘ icon or press ‘ Tab ‘ repeatedly (you might need to press ‘ Ctrl ‘ + ‘ F7 ‘ first) to cycle through the icons until the ‘ Mouse ‘ icon is highlighted and then press the ‘ Spacebar ‘.Fig 2

Fig 2 - Apple OS X 10.10 Yosemite - Slowing down the mouse - System Preferences Mouse
Fig 2.

  • Click on the ‘Point & Click’ tab or press the ‘Tab’ key until the ‘More Gestures’ tab is highlighted and then press  ‘left arrow’ to display the ‘Point & Click’
  • Click on the ‘ Tracking ‘ gauge bar as shown in Fig 3 to select a more comfortable mouse speed, or press ‘ Tab ‘ and use the ‘ left‘ and ‘right ‘arrow keys to select your speed.

Fig 3 - Apple OS X 10.10 Yosemite - Slowing down the mouse - Mouse Tracking
Fig 3.

Step 3

  • When you are happy with your tracking speed click the ‘ Close ‘ (red) button at the top of the ‘ System Preferences ‘ window or press ‘ Apple ‘ + ‘ W ‘ to close the window and return to the Finder desktop.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies – contact your local IT support for further help.  

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