Make the Cursor in Windows Snap To Default Dialog Box Automatically

If you want to get things done faster in Windows, use the Snap To feature for the mouse. Here’s how.

If you have a large monitor or use a laptop with a track pad, it’s a pain to move the mouse across the screen to reach a dialog box. Here’s a quick tip on making the mouse pointer snap to the default button in a newly opened dialog box.

Click Start and type: mouse. Then click on Mouse under Control Panel.

Start menu

The Mouse Properties window opens. Select the Pointers Options tab then in the Snap To section check Automatically Move Pointer to the Default Button in a Dialog Box. Click OK.


That’s it. Now the mouse will move around more quickly when navigating programs. Using this option does take a bit of practice though. Remember the mouse will jump to the default button which might be Yes when you want to click No.


After some practice you’ll find this is an effective way to get things done more quickly. This tip works in XP and higher.



  1. Jonas

    February 10, 2017 at 6:14 am

    This does not work. Nothing happens when i enable this.

    • Steven Roberts

      February 18, 2019 at 10:18 am

      Same here

  2. Fred

    May 3, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    I make 3 I have set and reset as per directions and the cursor STILL does not move automatically to the default box. WHat can I do?

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