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Apple OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard – Slowing down the mouse

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

  • Make sure you are in ‘ Finder ‘ – press ‘ Apple ‘ + ‘ Tab ‘ if necessary to cycle through open applications until you return to ‘ Finder ‘.
  • Click on the ‘Apple ‘ menu 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

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

  • 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

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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