How do I change mouse and touchpad settings?

Changing Mouse and Touchpad Settings

The mouse and touchpad are both essential components of our computer experience, providing a way to interact with content both on-screen and off. While most mice and touchpads come with pre-set settings, it’s easy to customize these settings if they are not working adequately or your preferences change. Here we will discuss how to change your mouse and touchpad settings in different operating systems.

Windows 10

To change mouse and touchpad settings in Windows 10, begin by opening the Start Menu and selecting ‘Settings.’ Once the Settings window appears, select ‘Devices.’ On the left side of this window, you will see several options; select ‘Touchpad.’ This will bring up the touchpad settings where you can adjust your sensitivity, scrolling and gesture behavior and more.

If you prefer to use a mouse, select the ‘Mouse’ option on the left side of the same window. Here, you can adjust your pointer speed, double-click speed, and other various settings. To customize buttons on your mouse, open the ‘Additional mouse options’ in the lower right-hand corner of the window.


To change your mouse and trackpad settings on a Mac, begin by opening your ‘System Preferences.’ Select the ‘Accessibility’ option, followed by ‘Mouse & Trackpad.’ Here, you can adjust settings such as the pointing speed, scrolling speed, and double-click speed.

To customize buttons on your mouse, go to the Apple menu and select ‘System Preferences.’ Next, select the ‘Mouse’ option and then the ‘Pointer’ tab. Here, you can customize functions for each of the mouse buttons. You can also access additional settings by clicking on the ‘Advanced’ option at the bottom of this window.


To adjust your mouse and touchpad settings on a Chromebook, begin by opening your device’s ‘Settings.’ In the left sidebar, select ‘Device’ and then ‘Mouse and Touchpad.’ Here, you can adjust your pointer speed, scrolling speed, and sensitivity. You can also enable or disable gestures and taps.

If you have a mouse connected to your Chromebook, you can also customize its settings. To do this, open the ‘Additional mouse settings’ at the bottom of the same window. Here, you can customize buttons, pointer speed, and scrolling speed of your mouse.


The process for changing mouse and touchpad settings on Linux operating systems varies depending on the distribution. Generally speaking, you can begin by opening the ‘Settings’ window and selecting the ‘Mouse and Touchpad’ option. Here, you can adjust the speed and sensitivity of your mouse and touchpad.

For additional settings, you may need to install additional software. Most distributions of Linux will provide access to specialized mouse and touchpad configuration tools. These tools allow you to customize button functions, adjust pointer speed and scrolling and more.