Magnifier and Mouse Settings

Learn how to use the Windows 98 Magnifier feature and the Windows 98 mouse settings available to you in this free lesson.

Introduction

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Use the Magnifier
  • Change mouse settings

Using the Magnifier

If you opened the Accessibility Wizard, you probably know Windows 98 offers a feature that allows you to magnify a page. You don't have to use the Accessibility Wizard to activate this tool.

To use the Magnifier:

  • Click Start.
  • Choose ProgramsactionAccessoriesactionAccessibilityactionMagnifier.
  • The Magnifier dialog box appears.

Magnifier Dialog Box

  • Under options, choose the magnification level you want by clicking on the up or down arrow.
  • Choose other options such as Follow the mouse cursor, Follow keyboard focus, and Follow text editing.
  • A magnified screen appears in the background.
  • Click OK when you have set your options, or click Exit to turn off the Magnifier.

Changing mouse settings

Windows allows you to change the settings on your mouse to make it more user friendly. For example, you can change the size of your mouse pointer.

To change the size of your mouse pointer:

  • Click Start.
  • Choose SettingsactionControl Panel.
  • Double-click the Mouse icon.

Mouse Icon

  • The Mouse Properties dialog box appears.

Mouse Properties Dialog Box

  • Click thePointers tab.
  • Click the down-pointing arrow in the Scheme box.
  • Choose the option you want.
  • Click OK.

Changing double-click speed

If your mouse speed is too fast or too slow, you can change or adjust it.

To change the double-click speed of your mouse:

  • Click Start.
  • Choose SettingsactionControl Panel.
  • Double-click the Mouse icon.

Mouse Icon

  • The Mouse Properties dialog box appears.
  • Click the buttons tab.
  • Click the little box in the Text area to check your double-click speed.
  • If your double-click speed is too slow, it might be difficult to get the computer to perform tasks. A bouncing clown pops out of the box if Windows recognizes your double-click. If you double-click again, the clown goes back into the box.
  • Click and drag the knob on the slider bar to increase or decrease the double-click speed of the mouse.
  • Click OK when you have the speed you want.
  • Close the Mouse Properties window.

Challenge!

  • Check the double-click speed of your mouse, and change the speed if necessary.
  • Open WordPad and type The Magnifier is a useful tool. Use it if you get a chance.
  • Turn on the Magnifier.
  • Choose the magnification level you want.
  • Choose other options such as Follow mouse cursor.
  • Click OK, and a magnified page appears in the background.
  • To turn off the Magnifier, click the Magnifier button on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen.
  • Click Exit.
  • Don't save.