How to Turn a Mouse Into a Joystick

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How to Turn a Mouse Into a Joystick
A mouse can act like a joystick by adjusting sensitivity options. (computer mouse image by Chiara Leonardi from Fotolia.com)

Turning a mouse into a joystick will require you to adjust settings, in the operating system, to emulate the functions of a joystick. A joystick typically does not have the sensitivity of a mouse, which means that actions of the mouse will need to be much slower. To do this, you will need to access the Mouse Properties dialogue box and then change various options that are located in each tab.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button and select the option for "Control Panel." Click the option for "Hardware and Sound." Select "Mouse" that is under "Devices and Printers."

  2. 2

    Click the "Buttons" tab and put a check in the box for "Switch primary and secondary buttons." Move the slider bar under "Double-click speed" to "Slow" that is on the left. Click the "Apply" button to save the change.

  3. 3

    Click the "Pointers Options" tab and put a check in the box for "Enhance pointer precision." Move the slider under "Select a pointer speed" to "Fast" that is on the right.

  4. 4

    Remove the checks from the "Display pointer trails" box, the "Hide pointer while typing" box and the "Show location of pointer when I press the 'CTRL' key" box. Click the "Apply" button to save the change.

  5. 5

    Click the "Wheel" tab. Change the value for "The following number of lines at a time" and "Tilt the wheel to scroll the following number of characters at a time" to "1." Click the "Apply" button to save the change.

  6. 6

    Click the "OK" button to close the "Mouse Properties" window. Click the red "X" in the upper right of the window to close the "Control Panel."

Tips and warnings

  • Changing the sensitivity of the mouse will give you more control when moving in a specific direction.

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