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Does anyone know how to set focus follows mouse, focus auto-raise, and auto-raise delay in Windows 7?

I've tried Ultimate Windows Tweaker, but that doesn't seem to have any mouse settings.

I found a site Here that shows how to edit the registry to get focus follows mouse and auto-raise, but I'd like to be able to set the delay now.

Ideally there's some software out there - like x-mouse for XP - which lets you control all three without having to edit the registry.

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

To control just having auto-focus and auto-raise, type "change how" in the start menu search, select the "Change how your mouse works" item, and check the checkbox for "Activate a window by hovering over it with the mouse".

The delay requires reg tweaking (or a third party program), I believe the key is

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\ActiveWndTrkTimeout

If the key doesn't exist, create it as a new DWORD value. Here's the documentation for the key: You also need to log out and in for the changes to take effect.

Note that ActiveWndTrackTimeout does not appear to affect auto-focus/auto-raise, while ActiveWndTrkTimeout does.

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You shouldn't necessarily be against a reg-tweak. Once you set it how you like it you can export these reg-tweaks to an .reg file, which you can then save in a library folder somewhere. Then, whenever you get a new computer, you can just merge in all these settings/files, and voila! your new computer now works how you like. :) – eidylon Nov 1 '09 at 17:27
Thanks! I'll give this a try tonight. – Scott Nov 2 '09 at 15:34
@eidylon Your idea is a good one, but I'm concerned they'll change keys on me. – Scott Nov 2 '09 at 15:35
I tried that registry entry and it had no effect. Is a restart required? – ericslaw May 24 '11 at 23:30

Change registry setting \\Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse\MouseHoverTime to 2000

See here for more info.

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This entry ( in sinewalker's lab book looks to be essentially the same as solution number three on sevenforums, as noted above, but includes some extra discussion on specific values for HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\UserPreferencesMask

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Here (sevenforums) is a posting with three ways to accomplish this.
I am using the third solution because I do not want the active window to be automatically raised, but this is a matter of personal preference.
The second method highlighted there uses a third-party application, which is the most easy to use.

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