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Win98: Adjust mouse hover select time?
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Win98: Adjust mouse hover select time?

Win98: Adjust mouse hover select time?

(OP)
Hi all;
No comments about my Win98 use please!
I use single-click for my mouse, and I know there's a way to adjust the delay between hovering the mouse over a folder, and it being selected.

I can't, however, remember where the registry setting for this is, and internet searching has become tedious and result-less.
Anyone long enough in the tooth to remember?
Many thanks!

Regards, Andy.
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RE: Win98: Adjust mouse hover select time?

Go to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse.
Modify/create a new string (REG_SZ) value MouseHoverTime.
Change it to how many milliseconds you want to have for the mouse hover time. Default is 400

RE: Win98: Adjust mouse hover select time?

(OP)
Thanks Strongm for your suggestion, but it didn't work on this Windows 98SE installation.
There was no key for 'Mouse' so I created one and created the dword you suggested within it, with an initial setting of zero to allow an easily-observable effect, but nowt. (Yes, I did restart the computer!)

Under 'Microsoft Input Devices' there is a Mouse key so I applied your suggestion to that, also with no effect.

Any further suggestions?
Regards.

Regards, Andy.
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RE: Win98: Adjust mouse hover select time?

Most odd. It certainly ought to work. But I spun up a W98SE VM after you reported this issue, and tested - and I get the same result: setting makes no difference. But a Registry monitor shows that W98SE is definitely reading the setting - it just doesn't seem to do anything with it. Strange. And I'm afraid I can't explain why, not offer a workaround.

RE: Win98: Adjust mouse hover select time?

(OP)
OK, thanks again for your input.
The setting can be changed somehow, as IEradicator removes that 400mS delay, presumably to try to make the system feel faster. Zero delay has its own problems - I would just like a slightly shorter delay, plus it's got me curious!

I await any further suggestions!

Regards, Andy.
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RE: Win98: Adjust mouse hover select time?

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(OP)
OK, after a bit of research, and trial & error, I've got to the bottom of the issue, so will record it here should anyone else have the same question:

(This only applies to Windows 98SE, but may work in other Win9X systems)
Edit the registry - go to HKCU\Control Panel and open the 'Desktop' folder.
Create a new string (NOT DWORD!) MenuShowDelay and give it a value of your choice: 0 equals no delay, and 400 equals the default 400mS delay.

This affects the speed at which the start menu displays, but also the select time when the cursor is hovered over an icon if you have single-click enabled.

I'm experimenting with a delay of 100mS which is nicely fast, but slow enough to still feel in control.

Regards, Andy.
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