How to change mouse sensitivity [Windows 10 & Mac]

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Use the tips detailed below to adjust how much your mouse pointer responds when you move the mouse.
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Change mouse sensitivity in Windows 10

A computer mouse is a key peripheral, and almost all users use it for input. Your mouse allows you to quickly perform any action on your PC.

However, there are users who want to increase their mouse sensitivity even further. This is relatively simple, and today we’re going to show you how to do that on Windows 10.

How to change mouse sensitivity in Windows 10?

1. Change your mouse DPI settings

change mouse DPI settings

The best way to change mouse sensitivity is to use the DPI button on your mouse. Usually, gaming mice have a DPI button on them that allows you to switch to a different sensitivity setting.

This is the best way to change your sensitivity because it allows you to change it with a single button.

We have to mention that your DPI settings are temporary, and in most cases, they will revert to the default value once you turn off your PC.

On the other hand, mice with adjustable DPI settings are relatively affordable, so if you want a mouse that offers different sensitivity levels, you might want to invest in a new mouse.


2. Select a proper mouse pad

select proper mouse pad

If you want to increase your mouse sensitivity and precision, you might want to consider using a different mouse pad.

There are many great mouse pads with different textures that allow you to enhance your sensitivity.

Many of these pads are relatively affordable, so you might want to consider purchasing one of them for your PC.


3. Change mouse sensitivity from Control Panel

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter Control panel. Choose Control Panel from the list of results.
  2. Once Control Panel opens, select Mouse from the list of options.
  3. The Mouse Properties window will now appear. Go to the Pointer Options tab and adjust mouse pointer speed by moving the slider. You might want to try turning on the Enhance pointer precision option as well.
  4. After adjusting your mouse speed, click on OK and Apply to save changes.

If you’re satisfied with your current mouse and you don’t want to change it, you should know that you can change mouse sensitivity from Windows.

This is the simplest way to change your mouse sensitivity, so be sure to try it out.


4. Use your mouse software to adjust the sensitivity

change mouse sensitivity

Gaming mice tend to come with dedicated software that allows you to configure your mouse. Thanks to this software you can adjust the mouse lighting, macros, and other settings.

In addition, you can also adjust the sensitivity of your mouse so be sure to try that.

Keep in mind that not all mice come with dedicated software, so this solution won’t work for every computer mouse.


5. Modify your registry

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter regedit. Press Enter or click OK.
  2. Optional: Modifying the registry can cause certain problems with your PC, therefore it’s highly advised to create a backup. To do that, simply click on File > Export.

    Select All in Export range section and enter the desired file name. Choose a safe location and click on Save button.

    In case anything goes wrong after modifying the registry, you should be able to restore it by running this file.
  3. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelMouse key in the left pane.
  4. In the right pane, double click MouseSpeed and set its Value data to 2.
  5. Now change the value data for MouseThreshold1 and MouseThreshold2 to 0.

If needed, you can further increase the sensitivity of your mouse by modifying your registry. We have to mention that modifying the registry can be potentially dangerous so be extra cautious.

To change mouse sensitivity from your registry, perform the above steps.

After doing that, your mouse sensitivity will be set to maximum. If your mouse is too sensitive, you might want to adjust MouseThreshold1 and MouseThreshold2 values.

Keep in mind that you need to keepMouseThreshold2 greater or equal to MouseThreshold1 at all times.

This solution is for advanced users, so if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, or if you don’t feel comfortable editing your registry, you might want to use a different solution.

Changing mouse sensitivity in Windows is rather simple, but the best way to do that is to use a mouse that allows you to adjust the DPI settings manually.

If you don’t want to purchase a new mouse, feel free to try any other solution from this article.

FAQ: Learn more about changing the mouse sensitivity

  • How to get the same mouse sensitivity in all games?

For that, you need to disable mouse acceleration, set the pointer speed at 50%, then set the sensitivity in each game. You can also use these confirmed solutions.

  • How to increase mouse sensitivity?

Navigate to Control Panel, open the mouse menu, then your touchpad driver, and set the pointer speed to Max. If you can’t open Control Panel, just take a look at this quick guide.

  • How to decrease mouse sensitivity?

If your wish is to decrease mouse sensitivity, you must use your mouse software, as detailed in this dedicated guide.

  • How to adjust mouse sensitivity on Mac?

To adjust mouse sensitivity on Mac, click the Apple icon, then go to System Preferences > Mouse > Point & Click. You can now drag the slider under Tracking speed to make any desired change.

  • How to change your mouse sensitivity on PS4 Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4?

The quickest way to change your mouse sensitivity when playing your favorite game on PS4 is by using the DPI button on your mouse.

  • How to change mouse sensitivity on Chromebook?

Changing mouse sensitivity on Chromebook can be done from the Settings window. Enter into Menu > Device > Mouse and touchpad and adjust the slider for Mouse speed.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2017 and has been since revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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