# Changing user preferences via console?

The machine that I'm currently using is an extremely slow netbook. Whenever I go to change user preferences in Blender, it stalls out. What I need to do is activate the "emulate 3 button mouse" checkbox. Is there a way to do this via console/script?

• try experimenting with bpy.context.user_preferences, use Ctrl + Space to autocomplete.. – iKlsR May 24 '13 at 16:30
• If your computer has problems with the 'preferences' menu, how does it manage rendering? – Gwen May 24 '13 at 18:19
• @Gwenn it can do it, but pretty slowly. It can even do Cycles. I'm not sure why the preferences menu doesn't work on it. – Daniel says Reinstate Monica May 24 '13 at 18:41
• If you open the user preferences in a new window, that might slow down a netbook. Instead, try opening the user preferences in the 3dview. And to make sure nothing slows unnecessarily down: don't render in new window or fullscreen, but in existing image editor (make it small). – jesterKing May 24 '13 at 20:52

bpy.context.user_preferences.inputs.use_mouse_emulate_3_button = True