How to Turn Off Mouse Acceleration in Windows 10

If your cursor keeps overshooting your target on your Windows 10 desktop, the culprit might be a feature known as Mouse Acceleration. Disabling it might increase your pointer accuracy, letting you land right on point every time.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
September 14, 2021

If your cursor keeps overshooting your target on your Windows 10 desktop, the culprit might be a feature known as Mouse Acceleration. Disabling it might increase your pointer accuracy, letting you land right on point every time.

This is for devices running Windows 10

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What is Mouse Acceleration

Mouse Acceleration in Windows 10 is a feature that increases the distance and speed at which your cursor moves across the screen in response to the speed with which you move your physical mouse.

With Mouse Acceleration enabled, if you were to quickly move your physical mouse three inches, your cursor could travel from one side of the screen to the other. However, if you were to move your mouse the exact same distance, only much slower, your cursor might only make it halfway across the screen.

This feature is enabled on Windows 10 devices by default, and the goal is to enhance the precision of your cursor. For many, it has the exact opposite effect; especially for gamers. If you find this to be the case for you, you can disable it.

Turn Off the Feature

First, in the Cortana search box (next to the Windows logo key), type Mouse and click Mouse settings from the search results in upper left-hand corner. Refer to below image:

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Selecting Mouse settings

Next, find the Related settings group to the right of the Mouse settings window (or the bottom if your window size is small). Now, click Additional mouse options. See below image:

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Selecting more mouse options

Next, in the Mouse Properties window, click the Pointer Options tab. See following image:

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Selecting Pointer Options tab

Now, under the Motion group, uncheck Enhance pointer precision, and then click Apply. Refer to below image:

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Turn off pointer precision

Now close the Mouse Properties window and exit Settings. Your mouse acceleration is now disabled.

This should help you more accurately land on your targets. But if you are a gamer and you are still having problems, you may want to read up on “mouse DPI and polling rates” and invest in a mouse that’s designed for gaming.

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Author: Raymond

I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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