In this article you can read how to adjust the sensitivity of your mouse on a computer with Windows, on a Mac, or on a Chromebook. Within all of these operating systems, this is a setting that is fairly easy to change, and allows you to instantly adjust the speed at which the cursor responds when you move the mouse.
Method 1 of 3: On a computer running Windows
Step 1. Open the Start Menu
To do this, click on the Windows logo at the bottom left of the screen.
Step 2. Click
Click the gear icon in the column on the left side of the Start menu. This will take you to the general Windows Settings menu.
Step #3. Click on Devices
You'll find this button almost at the top of the menu, next to the icon that's shaped like a speaker and a keyboard.
Step #4. Click Mouse
It's the third option from the top in the left column under the "Devices" heading. This way you open the mouse settings on the right side of the window.
Step 5. Click Additional Mouse Options
This option is located just below the "Related Settings" section within Mouse Options. This will open the Mouse Properties window.
Step 6. Click Cursor Options
This option is a tab near the very top of the Mouse screen.
Step 7. Adjust the speed of your mouse cursor
In the Motion section, click near the top of the screen and drag the slider to the left to slow down your mouse, or slide it to the right to make it faster.
Step 8. Make your mouse slower by turning off cursor precision
If you find that your mouse is moving too fast, make sure the 'Improve cursor precision' box under the 'Motion' slider is unchecked. The Cursor Precision feature makes your mouse move different distances depending on how fast you move the physical mouse or trackpad on your laptop, so turning this feature off will prevent your mouse cursor from reacting too quickly, even if for example, you move the mouse very suddenly or abruptly.
Step 9. Test the speed of your cursor
Move the mouse and watch the speed of the cursor. If the mouse cursor moves too fast, slide the 'Move' button back a bit; if it moves too slowly, slide the 'Move' button forward a bit.
It may take a few minutes to determine the exact speed of your mouse
Step 10. Click Apply and then click OK.
You'll find both options at the bottom of the screen. This saves the settings and closes the Mouse Window. You should now move your mouse cursor at the speed you set.
Method 2 of 3: On a Mac
Step 1. Open the Apple menu
Click the Apple menu at the top left of the screen. A drop-down menu will then appear.
Step 2. Click on System Preferences…
This option is near the top of the drop-down menu.
Step 3. Click on Trackpad or on Mouse.
If you're using a MacBook, you'll need to track pad click, and if you're using a PC with iMac, click Mouse click.
Step 4. Click the Point & Click tab
This option is at the top of the screen.
- Skip this step if you're on Mouse clicked.
Step 5. Adjust the 'Response speed' slider
Click the slider and drag it to the left to decrease the speed of your mouse cursor, or drag the slider to the right to make the cursor faster.
Step 6. Test your mouse
Move your mouse over the screen. If he's moving too fast, drag the "Response Speed" slider to the left. Move the slider to the right if it is too slow.
You may have to experiment with the speed of the mouse cursor for a few minutes before it feels completely comfortable
Step 7. Exit the System Preferences window
Click on the red circle 'Leave' in the top left corner of the screen. Your changes will then be saved automatically.
Method 3 of 3: On a Chromebook
Step 1. Open the menu
Click the button at the bottom right of the screen.
Step #2. Go to Settings
In the menu you see, type Settings, and click the first option.
Step #3. Look for the Mouse and Touchpad Settings
Scroll down until you see the Devices section. Click on Mouse, or on Touchpad.
Step 4. Adjust the sensitivity
Drag the button for either the Mouse or the Touchpad left or right.
Step 5. Exit the Settings window
Your changed settings will then be saved automatically.
- If you want to adjust the DPI setting or the number of dots per inch of a gaming mouse, you will probably have to do that within the specific settings of the mouse. To be sure, check this in the manual of the mouse. Some types of gaming mice also have a physical button that you can press to adjust the DPI setting.
- If you're still having problems with your mouse after adjusting the sensitivity settings, it's possible that dirt has accumulated on the underside of the mouse. You can often solve this problem by cleaning the mouse.