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Coding Snack: Toggle mouse acceleration with a simple program

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My annoyance is fairly straightforward, as well as (I would hope) its solution:
I want to toggle this with a hotkey:

THE STORY:

I bought a touchpad for my desktop to combat RSI. It's... ok, I guess. See, the driver that it comes with doesn't actually recognize the touchpad, which means that Windows sees it as a mouse. This isn't a huge problem; it works fine. Though without the driver, it lacks some customizable options, I can live with it. My mouse remains plugged in, since I will be swapping between the two devices based on the tasks I am doing.

The problem is that I now have two devices that run on the same control panel settings, and physically are two devices with different kinds of sensitivity.

The touchpad actually causes more strain without the "Enhance pointer precision," option enabled, since moving the pointer requires repeated 'scrubbing' with the fingers. With the feature enabled, I can move the pointer much more easily while retaining control.

However, this setting is far too sensitive for my mouse, which flies all over the screen like an out of control fighter plane.

To switch devices, I have to launch the Mouse applet, toggle the "Enhance pointer precision" setting manually, then resume using my input device. Without a helpful shortcut, I have to do this many times a day.

PROBLEM: Two pointing devices on one system, one that needs mouse acceleration, the other doesn't. Need an easy way to toggle the "Enhance pointer precision" setting to aid in switching between the two devices.

SOLUTION: A small program that launches, toggles the "Enhance pointer precision" setting from the Mouse control panel applet, and then closes itself. (If the setting is active, it deactivates it. If it's inactive, it activates it.)

Since this is an issue I've found with laptops I've used as well, this could be useful beyond my specific use case. I've often had to resort to touchpad on the go, and later dock, to find that my mouse is flying uncontrollably until I toggle this setting off.

Since I already use a decent hotkey manager, I don't need this to be a running program. Ideally, it would just execute, toggle the setting, and close. I can call upon the program when I need it.

BONUS: The ability to store actual mouse settings as profiles, and toggle in between them with user-configurable hotkeys. This is far beyond my own needs, of course, but this might be a more interesting challenge for some.

Thanks for your time, o programmers of tiny things.

Click here to read more and download the utility written by dc member Skwire..


Title: TBFader
Programmer: CPilot 
Requester: m_s
Download Version: 1.00.01 (2/28/06)
View Readme: here.

Render the TaskBar transparent and show it on mouseover.

Requirements: For Windows XP Only.
Title: Dkmy
Programmer: Ethan 
Requester: mouser
Download Version: 1.00.00 (2/06/06)

Hide or show the close box of a window to avoid accidental closure

New In This Version: C++ source code included(!).
Title: Maomi
Programmer: Ethan 
Requester: noth(a)nk.you
Download Version: 1.00.02 (1/31/06) (updated 2/6/06)

Start screensaver or different programs when mouse is moved to certain areas on the desktop.

New In This Version: C++ source code included(!).
Title: RRunner
Programmer: philKC 
Requester: jovejupiter
Download Version: 1.00.01 (11/28/05)
Requires: .net2 runtimes
runs a specified program once randomly within some time interval.
Title: Drive Name
Programmer: philKC 
Requester: babybox
Download Version: 1.00.01 (11/28/05)
Requires: .net2 runtimes
give names to your drive letters (useful for telling at a glance what a drive is for).
Title: jazper's Suntime
Programmer: jazper 
Requester: LuckMan212
Website: jazper's software for the masses page
calculates sunrise/sunset/civil twilight/etc times given a latitude and longitude.
Title: jazper's ShoutcastConcierge
Programmer: jazper 
Requester: brotherS
Website: jazper's software for the masses page
keep track of shoutcast streams and much more.
Title: jazper's QuickMacro
Programmer: jazper 
Requester: vbmark
Website: jazper's software for the masses page

hit a hotkey to start recording; hit another to replay it whenever you want (see also Skrommel's DoOver utility).

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Title: DFC: Dummy File Creator
Programmer: seedling 
Requester: Sentinel
Download Version: 1.00.01 (09/27/05)

Create dummy file of aribtrary size with specific byte value.

Title: DoubleClickQuote
Programmer: mouser 
Requester: pretendmouser
Forum Link: visit/visit
Download Version: 1.00.13b (07/28/05)

Double click this tray icon to show a random quote (comes with 16000 quotes from bash.org, but you can easily make your own quotes files).

This program has now been superceded by a full DonationCoder.com application called PopUp Wisdom
Title: DropCount
Programmer: jibz 
Requester: fhoyos
Download Version: 1.05 (05/23/05)

Tiny app that you can drag and drop folders onto to get a report of file count, folder count, total size, presence of hidden/readonly subdirs, and max path size (useful for cd burning).

New In This Version: commandline arg support, smoother performance/progress display, realtive+absolute path stats.
Title: DYDLO (Dad You Didnt Log Off)
Programmer: mouser 
Requester: mtp
Download Version: 1.01.03 (05/06/05)

DYDLO (Dad You Didnt Log Off) shows a small window on top of your screen when you are connected via dial-up, showing time online. Useful to remind people to disconnect from their modem to avoid high phone bills.

Title: Kansas
Programmer: Edvard 
Requester: dtrud0h
Download Version: 1.00.00 (06/30/05)

When experimenting with alternative shells one often needs to get back to Explorer quickly and easily without having to edit the registry and reboot. Kansas is an AutoIt3 script (and a compiled executable for those who don't have or want AutoIt) which changes the shell back to Explorer and logs off (which is much faster), without any user interface. It's called "Kansas" after Dorothy's home from "The Wizard of Oz". Like Explorer, Kansas was dull and grey, but it was Home, and that's where she wanted to go.

Title: Random Submitter
Programmer: mouser 
Requester: scott
Download Version: 1.00.06 (05/21/05)

Periodically (or on request) submits user-defined urls to the internet, with optional random components.

Title: ROFUS (Run On Fast User Switch)
Programmer: db90h 
Requester: JeffK
Download Version: 1.00.00 (05/01/05)

Windows provides the ability to start specific program on initial login, but not when switching between already logged-in users. This tool can be useful for example to change the sound volume or screen resolution to suit particular users, each time they switch.

Title: TemporalityScreens
Programmer: mouser  and jibz 
Requester: nudone
Download Version: 1.00.02 (06/08/05)

Wallpaper manager that allows you to schedule specific images for specific date and time ranges (i.e. specific hours of the day, or days of the year, etc.)

New In This Version: No longer uses Active Desktop; uses open source ImageMagick to convert formats (user can customize effects and other commandline image processing).
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