How to Change Mouse Double Click Speed in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to change a mouse double-click speed in Ubuntu Linux.

There are many mouse settings one can configure in Ubuntu Linux. For example, one can choose to change their mouse primary button, show mouse pointer location, change the size of their mouse pointer and many more.

By default, Ubuntu Linux allows users to open an item by double clicking using the mouse primary button. A mouse double-clicks speed settings change how quickly one can double click to open an item.

If the second press is too long after the first, your computer may think they are two separate clicks, not a double click, and may get two separate windows instead.

If you have difficulty pressing the mouse button quickly, you should increase the timeout.

This might come in handy for people who can not work with the default mouse settings in normal operation.

How to change a mouse double-click setting in Ubuntu Linux

As mentioned above, Ubuntu Linux allows users to open an item by double-clicking using the mouse. A mouse speed setting changes how quickly one can double-click the primary button to open an item.

Below is how to change a mouse double-click settings in Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below.

In the Settings app, click on Accessibility tile to open the panel.

In the System Settings -> Accessibility panel, under Pointing & Clicking, adjust the Double-Click Delay slider to a value you find comfortable.

This setting will affect both your mouse and touchpad, as well as any other pointing device.

That should do it! You can now close the Settings app.


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