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How to slow down the mouse in macOS 10.12 Sierra

How to slow down the mouse in macOS 10.12 Sierra

Terminology:

β€˜Alt’ refers to the β€˜Option’ key ( βŒ₯ )

If you have enabled β€˜Use F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys’ under β€˜Keyboard’ settings in β€˜System Preferences’ then omit the β€˜Fn’ key from the keyboard shortcuts shown in this article.

  1. Open the β€˜Apple Menu’ by clicking on the Apple icon (Apple logo icon) in the Menu Bar, or press β€˜Fn’ β€˜Ctrl’ + β€˜F2’ to highlight the Apple icon and press β€˜Enter’
  2. Click to select β€˜System Preferences…’ (Fig 1) or press the down arrow key to highlight it and then press β€˜Enter’.
    Fig 1 - macOS 10.12 Sierra – Slowing down the mouse
    Fig 1
  3. Click on the β€˜Mouse’ icon or press β€˜Tab’ repeatedly (you might need to press β€˜Fn’ + β€˜Ctrl’ + β€˜F7’ first) to cycle through the icons until the β€˜Mouse’ icon is highlighted with a blue border then press the β€˜Spacebar’, see Fig 2.
    Fig 2 - macOS 10.12 Sierra – Slowing down the mouse
    Fig 2
  4. To alter the β€˜Tracking speed’ of your mouse (the speed the mouse pointer moves across the screen), click on the slider under β€˜Tracking Speed’ and move it left or right to select a more comfortable speed (there are no keyboard shortcuts to activate this), Fig 3.
    Fig 3 - macOS 10.12 Sierra – Slowing down the mouse
    Fig 3
  5. To alter the β€˜Scrolling speed’ of your mouse (how quickly a page scrolls up or down) click on the slider under β€˜Scrolling Speed’ and move it left or right to select a more comfortable speed (there are no keyboard shortcuts to activate this), Fig 4.
    Fig 4 - macOS 10.12 Sierra – Slowing down the mouse
    Fig 4
  6. When you are happy with your settings click the β€˜Close’ (red) button at the top of the window or press β€˜Cmd’ + β€˜W’ to close the window.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings are managed by someone else (an IT department or administrator for example). If this is the case you will need to contact them to access these settings or for further help.

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