Windows Mouse and Keyboard Tips

Changing the Cursor's Blink Rate
To control how fast the cursor blinks, as set in Control Panel’s Keyboard applet, set or add the following string value:

    HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop
        CursorBlinkRate = "xxxx"

        Where "xxxx" is a value in milliseconds ranging from 1200 (slowest) to 200 (fastest).

Number of Mouse Buttons
See my System Metrics sample.

Swapping Mouse Buttons
To switch between a Right and Left handed mouse, as allowed in Control Panel’s Mouse Applet, change or add the following string value:

    HKCU\Control Panel\Mouse
        SwapMouseButtons = "x"
       
        Where x = "0" for Right handed or "1" for Left handed.

Changing Mouse Double-Click Speed
To adjust the amount of time that can pass between clicks when double-clicking, as set in Control Panel’s Mouse applet, set or add the following string value:

    HKCU\Control Panel\Mouse
        DoubleClickSpeed = "xxxx"

        Where "xxxx" is a value in milliseconds ranging from 900 (slowest) to 100 (fastest).

Changing Keyboard Repeat Delay
To set the amount of time that passes before a character begins repeating when you hold down a key, as set in Control Panel’s Keyboard applet, set or add the following string value:

    HKCU\Control Panel\Keyboard
        KeyboardDelay = "x"

        Where "x" ranges from 3 (longest) to 0 (shortest).

Changing Keyboard Repeat Rate
To control the speed at which a character repeats when you hold down a key, as set in Control Panel’s Keyboard applet, set or add the following string value:

    HKCU\Control Panel\Keyboard
        KeyboardSpeed = "x"

        Where "x" ranges from 0 (slowest) to 31 (fastest).


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