How to Change Mouse Sensitivity in Windows 10 and MacOS

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For different work scenarios, you have to adjust mouse sensitivity accordingly. In case you use your PC or laptop for general purpose, then average sensitivity is alright. However, if you work with digital art, photo manipulation, or involve heavy gaming, then you might need to increase mouse sensitivity in Windows 10.

Mouse or Touchpad sensitivity is a personal option. Not everyone will be comfortable with the default pointer speed or sensitivity. Hence it becomes important to change the settings to suit one’s needs. It’s very simple and easy. So in this article, let’s see how to change pointer speed or mouse sensitivity for your mouse in windows 10.

How To Adjust Mouse Sensitivity In Windows 10

How to adjust mouse sensitivity in Windows 10?

Each mouse comes with inbuilt sensitivity options that windows read and operates. If you want higher sensitivity, then you should consider investing in a high-quality gaming mouse. Down below are straightforward methods to change mouse sensitive options in Windows 10.

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Method 1: From Control Panel

This option can be accessed from the good old control panel settings in Windows 10. To change mouse sensitivity or pointer speed from the control panel:

  1. Open the Control panel from the Start menu by searching for it. Alternatively, you can press Windows key + R and type Control in the box, and hit enter.
    How To Adjust Mouse Sensitivity In Windows 10
  2. Now, from the top right corner, select View by and change it to Large icons.
  3. Click on Mouse from the options below.
  4. This will open mouse properties related to your mouse or touchpad hardware.
  5. Depending on the hardware, this pop-up menu will slightly change.
  6. Usually, the setting will be available either under “Pointer” or “Pointer Option.”
    How To Adjust Mouse Sensitivity In Windows 10
  7. Open the tab and change the slider under “Select a pointer speed.”
  8. Move accordingly to increase or decrease the pointer speed.

Method 2: Adjust Mouse Sensitivity Settings

Although from Windows 10, Microsoft is trying to move as much of the settings and controls from the control panel towards its Windows Settings app. Because of it, you can also find these settings from the Windows Settings app.

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  1. Firstly open the Windows settings app.
  2. Now Click on Devices from the setting’s main menu.
  3. From Devices settings, click on Mouse.
  4. Finally, click on Additional mouse options.
    How To Adjust Mouse Sensitivity In Windows 10
  5. This will open the same Mouse control that we saw earlier. So you can simply change the settings as mentioned above.

How to change mouse tracking speed in macOS

To change the mouse tracking speed in macOS, follow these steps:

mouse sensitivity in macOS

  1. Click on the Apple icon located at the top left corner of the screen.
  2. Select System Preferences and then click on the Mouse option.
  3. Make sure you are on the Point & Click tab.
  4. Now drag the Tracking Speed slider left or right to decrease or increase the sensitivity of the mouse.

You will not need to confirm your action since the sensitivity will be changed as soon as you move the slider.

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How to change trackpad tracking speed in macOS

You can change the trackpad tracking speed in macOS by following the steps below:

trackpad sensitivity in macOS

  1. Click on the Apple icon located at the top left corner of the screen.
  2. Select System Preferences and then click on the Trackpad option.
  3. Make sure you are on the Point & Click tab.
  4. Drag the Tracking Speed slider left or right to decrease or increase the speed and sensitivity.

Conclusion

So as you can see, changing mouse sensitivity or pointer speed is very easy in Windows 10. Although the same can be used in Windows 7 or 8 since all of them use the same layout in the control panel. Since Microsoft is planning to remove the Control panel completely from upcoming versions, we can expect all settings and options in the settings app any time sooner. That may help to unify the settings app but might also create issues for hardcore users like me who love to use the control panel.

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