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Control Panel Settings for Windows XP

Updated on October 29, 2017
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Patrick, a Computer Technician, is a dedicated writer who wishes to make the world better by informing individuals who seek more knowledge.

Windows XP Control Panel Tutorial

Computer Mouse Settings

Before reading this tutorial, remember to check the first part of the tutorial Windows XP Control Panel Settings.

To set your mouse, click on the start button, control panel, and then locate printers and other hardware. Under the printers and other hardware, locate mouse and click on it.

For mouse properties, we can start with buttons. The button configuration option enables you to switch the mouse buttons by use of the software.

This option is for the left-handed people or anyone who wants to use the left hand. You only have to click on the checkbox written switch primary and secondary buttons. If this is what you want to use, click on apply and then okay. To revert back follow the same procedure.

Switching Computer Mouse Primary and Secondary Buttons

Mouse Settings
Mouse Settings | Source

Setting the Double-click Speed

This option sets the speed that determines how fast you will be clicking on the left button to achieve a double-click. Most people cannot be able to double-click when the setting is at maximum. You should adjust the speed so that when you are double-clicking on any object, you will not be straining. There is a test area where you can double click on the folder to see if it opens. If it does not or you are struggling, set a lower double-click speed.

Mouse Pointers

Still, under mouse properties, you can be able to have a look at a set of mouse pointers you will encounter as you use your computer. Changing the pointer scheme is relatively easy; you only need to select a different scheme.

Mouse Pointers

Pointers that you will come across
Pointers that you will come across | Source

Computer Mouse Pointer Options

Under the pointer options, the most important thing is the motion. Under the motion, you can adjust the pointer speed to be slow or fast. A slow pointer will give you a hectic time trying to move it from one corner to the other. So, the ideal setting should be medium to fast.

You can play with pointer trail and the other settings to see what happens. Wheel and hardware are technical settings.

Pointer Option Settings

Pointer option settings
Pointer option settings | Source

Computer Keyboard Settings

For keyboard settings go to start, control panel, printers and other hardware, then click on the keyboard. The settings we have here is character repeat rate. You can use this option to set the amount of time elapses before a character starts repeating itself when you hold down a key.

You can also adjust the speed rate which sets the speed at which a character repeats itself when you hold down a key. To change these settings, just click on the slider and drag it to the desired position. Use the test area provided to test the repeat rate. The ideal setting should be a short repeat delay and fast repeat rate.

Cursor Blinking Rate

You can also adjust how fast your cursor ( | ) (insertion point) blinks. Click on the slider, hold the mouse button and drag it to the desired position. If you want your cursor not to blink at all, drag the slider to the left-hand side. To apply any changes you make click on apply and then okay.

Keyboard Properties

Keyboard Settings
Keyboard Settings | Source

Setting Computer Time and Date

It also important to be able to know how to adjust the computer’s date and time. This can be achieved by going to start, control panel, and then click on date, time, language, and regional options. Click on the option 'change the date and time'. On the date and time properties window, select the month, year and the date.

On the right-hand side of the dialogue box, you will be able to adjust your time. While still under the setting of time and date, you can be able to change or adjust your time zone. Click on the next tab written time zone and open the drop-down button to select your time zone. Click on apply then okay to make the changes effective.

Date and Time Properties

Date, time, and time zone settings
Date, time, and time zone settings | Source

Windows XP Tutorial The Control Panel

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      Patrick Kamau 

      5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

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      rahman 

      5 years ago

      hi im real interested in reading your hub because i want to be come a computer technician

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      Patrick Kamau 

      6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

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      Keeley Shea 

      6 years ago from Norwich, CT

      Patkay! I am so glad I found you! I will be using your hubs a lot! I work in an office setting and need to have tutorials at my fingertips for Word and Windows XP! This is awesome! Thanks for writing!

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      6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

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