Apple Magic MouseSource: iMore

When it comes to using a mouse, everyone is different—some like fast double-clicking, others like natural scrolling. Maybe you prefer a traditional button mouse to Apple's Magic Mouse. Maybe you want to use right-clicking again. Whatever your preferences are, you can customize them to suit you better in macOS. Here's how.

How to change the scroll direction, right-click, and tracking speed of your mouse settings on a Mac

The Mac operating system makes it possible for you to make adjustments to your mouse's basic actions with just a few simple steps.

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  1. Click the Apple icon in the upper-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select System Preferences... from the dropdown menu.

    To change the scroll direction, right-click, and tracking speed of your mouse on a Mac, click the Apple icon at the top left, then select System Preferences.Source: iMore

  3. Click on Mouse in the System Preferences window.
  4. Select Point & Click.

    To change the scroll direction, right-click, and tracking speed of your mouse on a Mac, click the Apple icon at the top left, then select System Preferences.Source: iMore

  5. Tick the box for Scrolling direction: natural to make the mouse scroll in the same direction that your finger moves.
  6. Tick the box for Secondary click to enable right-clicking.

    To change the scroll direction, right-click, and tracking speed of your mouse on a Mac, tick the Scrolling direction: natural box, then click the box for Secondary click to enable right-clicking.Source: iMore

  7. Click the arrow below Secondary Click to choose whether you use the mouse's right or left side to trigger secondary clicking.

    Note: you cannot change the secondary clicking side on a non-Apple mouse.

  8. Drag the Tracking Speed slider left or right to increase or decrease the speed at which your mouse pointer moves across the screen.

    To change the scroll direction, right-click, and tracking speed of your mouse on a Mac, drag the tracking speed slider left or right.Source: iMore

How to change the speed of double-clicking your mouse settings on a Mac

If you are a fast mover, you may sometimes accidentally trigger double-clicking when you didn't mean to. You can change how fast or slow you need to click a second time to trigger double-clicking on the Mac operating system.

  1. Click the Apple icon in the upper-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select System Preferences... from the dropdown menu.

    To change the speed of double-clicking your mouse on a Mac , click the Apple icon at the top left, then select System Preferences.Source: iMore

  3. Click on Accessibility in the System Preferences window.
  4. Scroll down and select Mouse & Trackpad from the menu on the left side of the Accessibility window.
  5. Drag the Double-click speed slider to the right or left to increase or decrease how fast you must click the mouse to trigger the double-click feature.

    Note: At its slowest, you can wait as long as four seconds between clicks to trigger double-clicking.

    To change the speed of double-clicking your mouse on a Mac, click on Accessibility in the System Preferences, then scroll down and select Mouse & Trackpad, then drag the double-click speed sliderSource: iMore

  6. Tick the box for Spring-loading delay to enable the feature that opens a folder when you hover over it with a file.

    Note: This feature is usually enabled by default.

  7. Drag the Spring-loading delay slider right or left to increase or decrease how long you have to hover over a folder with a file before it opens.

    To change the speed of double-clicking your mouse on a Mac, tick the box for spring-loading delay, drag the spring-loading delay slider. Source: iMore

How to change the scrolling speed of your mouse settings on a Mac

  1. Click the Apple icon in the upper-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select System Preferences... from the dropdown menu.

    To change the scrolling speed of your mouse on a Mac, click the Apple icon at the top left, then select System Preferences.Source: iMore

  3. Click on Accessibility in the System Preferences window.
  4. Scroll down and select Mouse & Trackpad from the menu on the left side of the Accessibility window.

    To change the scrolling speed of your mouse on a Mac, click on the Accessibility in the System Preferences, scroll down and select Mouse & Trackpad.Source: iMore

  5. Click on Mouse Options
  6. Drag the Scrolling speed slider to the right or left to speed up or slow down how fast you can scroll down on a page.
  7. Click OK to exit.

    To change the scrolling speed of your mouse on a Mac, click on Mouse Options, drag the scrolling speed slider, then click OKSource: iMore

How to change the gestures of your Magic Mouse on a Mac

  1. Click the Apple icon in the upper-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select System Preferences... from the dropdown menu.

    To change the gestures of your Magic Mouse on a Mac, click the Apple icon at the top left, then select System Preferences.Source: iMore

  3. Click on Mouse in the System Preferences window.
  4. Choose on Point & Click.
  5. Tick the box for Smart zoom to enable the ability to double-tap the Magic Mouse to zoom in a window.
  6. Click on More Gestures.
  7. Tick the box for Swipe between pages to use your finger to swipe or scroll left and right on the Magic Mouse.
  8. Click the arrow below Swipe Between Pages to choose whether you scroll left and right with one finger, swipe left and right with two fingers, or swipe left and right with one or two fingers.

    To change the gestures of your Magic Mouse on a Mac, click on Mouse in the System Preferences,  choose Point & Click, then tick the box for Smart zoom. Click on More Gestures, tick the box for Swipe between pages. Click the arrow below Swipe Between Pages. Source: iMore

  9. Tick the box for Swipe between full-screen apps to enable the ability to swipe left or right to switch from one full-screen to another.
  10. Tick the box for Mission Control to enable the ability to tap the Magic Mouse to call up Mission Control lightly.

    Smart Zoom on MacTo change the gestures of your Magic Mouse on a Mac, tick the box for Swipe between full-screen apps, then tick the box for Mission Control.Source: iMore

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