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Mouse Pointer - Snap To Default Button

How to Set Mouse Pointer to Automatically Move to Default Button in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
01 Dec 2008
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How to Set Mouse Pointer to Automatically Move to Default Button in Windows 7 and Windows 8

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This tutorial will show you how to set the mouse pointer to automatically move (snap) to the default button in a pop-up dialog box to make it easier to select in Windows 7 and Windows 8.





OPTION ONE
To Turn "Snap To" On or Off in Mouse Properties

1. Open the Control Panel (icons view) in Windows 7 or Windows 8.

2. Click/tap on the Mouse icon.

3. Click/tap on the Pointer Options tab. (See screenshot below)
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4. To Turn Snap To On
A) Check the Automatically move pointer to the default button in a dialog box button, and click/tap on OK. (See screenshot above)
5. To Turn Snap To Off
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Uncheck the Automatically move pointer to the default button in a dialog box button, and click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below step 3)
6. When finished, you can close the Control Panel if you like.



OPTION TWO
To Turn "Snap To" On or Off using a REG File Download

1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Turn Snap To On
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.
Turn_On_Snap_To.reg

download
3. To Turn Snap To Off
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.
Turn_Off_Snap_To.reg

download
4. Save the REG file to you desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded REG file to merge it.

6. Click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted to approve the merge.

7. Log out and log in, or restart the computer to apply.

8. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn


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14 Mar 2009   #1
drchaitra

Windows XP
 
 
automatically move pointer to the default button in the dialogue box

The box gets unclicked every now and then, what to do?

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14 Mar 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Dr. Chaita, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Not sure what you mean, but it may reset if you have installed a new mouse driver version.

Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Mar 2009   #3
drchaitra

Windows XP
 
 

Thanks for ur reply Shawn, yes the problem did start after I had installed a new driver as my mouse touchpad had started behaving erratically. Once I saw that the snap to function got uncheck automatically inspite of checking it several times in a day, I uninstalled the driver and starting using the native drivers, however, the problems still persists. I then tried installing the drivers that came with the dell laptop with no change in status. I am very used to the mouse snapping to the default button as there are many in my line of work. Its just very irritating that this mouse property doesn't work fine anymore inspite of checking the box in the CP
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15 Mar 2009   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

If it has not been to long a go, you might try a System Restore using a restore point dated when it did work properly to see if that may help.
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17 Mar 2009   #5
drchaitra

Windows XP
 
 

Hey thanks Brink, it worked and is still working. Cant tell u you have relieved I am that the snap to function is working fine now.
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17 Mar 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Dr. Chaitra. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
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07 Aug 2009   #7
Backdoc52

Windows 7 RC
 
 
Mouse snap function lost

I have had problems with my mouse snap function since going from Windows 7 Beta to RC, as well as a lot of other items stopped working or were incompatible.
I have set the mouse to snap to the default in the control panel, installed the latest drivers (Microsoft Deskset 4000 wireless/USB) but it has not worked to date, while the rest of the functions are fine.
Any comments on how and why this might not work and what to do about it?

Backdoc52
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07 Aug 2009   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Backdoc52, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It may be your mouse movement (motion) sensitivity settings. I noticed that if you move the mouse when it is suppose to snap, that it will not snap. If you click on the item and wait without moving the mouse it may snap then.

Hope this helps some,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Aug 2009   #9
Backdoc52

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Backdoc52, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It may be your mouse movement (motion) sensitivity settings. I noticed that if you move the mouse when it is suppose to snap, that it will not snap. If you click on the item and wait without moving the mouse it may snap then.

Hope this helps some,
Shawn
Thanks for the info, Shawn, but I have set the speed and sensitivity low, switched off any additional functions, but no good, it still will not "snap-to" . This is the first operating system I have played with, where I have had this problem. (and I have been playing with windows since Version 1.0, and with DOS since Version 1.0.)
There must be something wrong with the RC, since it never had this problem.

Backdoc52
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