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Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion – Slowing down your mouse’s double click speed

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


Fig 2

  • Click on the ‘ Accessibility ‘ icon or press ‘ Tab ‘ repeatedly (you might need to press ‘ Ctrl ‘ + ‘ F7 ‘ first) to cycle through the icons until the ‘ Accessibility ‘ icon is highlighted with a blue border as shown in Fig 2 and then press the ‘ Spacebar ‘.
  • Click on the ‘ Mouse ‘ or ‘Mouse and Trackpad’ option if using a laptop tab or press ‘ Ctrl ‘ + ‘ F7 ‘ (once or twice) to highlight one of the options for example ‘ Display ‘ and then press the up or down arrow key to select the ‘ Mouse ‘ or ‘Mouse & Trackpad’ option (highlighted in blue). Fig 3
  • Click to select or Tab to highlight the pointer under ‘Double-Click’. Fig 3



Fig 3

  • Use the left and right arrow keys to alter the ‘Double-Click speed’ or click to select the pointer and drag to select the appropriate speed.

Step 3

  • When you are happy with your double click speed click the ‘ Close ‘ (red) button at the top of the ‘Accessibility’ 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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