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Is there a way to slow down the select when hovering with the mouse? My system currently selects almost instantly instead of waiting long enough for me to decide whether I want to select a given item or window.

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In XP, this was easy with TweakUI. In Windows 7, you can change it by manually editing the registry.

  1. Open the registry editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse
  3. Edit the MouseHoverTime entry to set the time Windows waits before activating a hovered item (the number is in milliseconds, so if you want Windows to wait two seconds, use 2,000—make sure to set the base to Decimal)
  4. Log out and back in (or just reboot) for it to take effect
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merely linking to answers is not considered an answer here at SuperUser, please copy the registry edit information to your answer. – Moab Feb 27 '12 at 4:05
That’s just a stop-gap. I’m looking for an app to do it because editing the registry is not a good solution. – Synetech Feb 27 '12 at 4:18
Ah, a placeholder, sneaky ;-> – Moab Feb 27 '12 at 4:35
Well I don’t know about the OP’s urgency, so it does the job, but it’s not pretty. (I am surprised that the Ultimate Windows Tweaker—aka Windows 7 TweakUI—does not have this function.) :-| – Synetech Feb 27 '12 at 4:47
So much for "Ultimate". – Moab Feb 27 '12 at 17:34

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