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Apple OS X – 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.

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

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 with a blue border and then press the ‘ Spacebar ‘.
Click on the ‘ Mouse ‘ tab or press ‘ Ctrl ‘ + ‘ F7 ‘ (once or twice) to highlight one of the four tabs for example ‘ Keyboard ‘ and then press the left or right arrow key to select the ‘ Mouse ‘ tab (highlighted in blue).

Fig 3

Click on the ‘ Double-Click Speed ‘ gauge bar as shown in Fig 3 to select a more comfortable ‘ Double-click ‘ speed, or press ‘ Tab ‘ until the blue pointer is highlighted in the ‘ Double-Click Speed ‘ gauge bar and use the left and right arrow keys to select your speed. Use the box with the text ‘Double-Click here to test ‘ to check your setting.

When you are happy with your double click speed click the ‘ Close ‘ (red) button at the top of the Keyboard & Mouse ‘ 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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