It is impossible to use a PC without some additional components added to your computer. A monitor is essential because you cannot control anything on your computer without displaying menus and programs. Speakers are also important, especially if you plan to watch Netflix on your new computer. And we can't forget about a mouse and keyboard, because without them you won't be able to use your computer at all. Although laptops may have these components built into their chassis, if you are using a desktop computer, they are absolute necessities before you can use your device.
Even if you're using a laptop, an external mouse isn't a bad thing to have on hand. Unlike a touchpad, a mouse is much more precise, allowing you to perform tasks that you wouldn't want a touchpad for. From gaming to working in Photoshop, a mouse is a very important tool for anyone trying to enhance their computing experience.
Of course, just buying the mouse is not enough. Mice are delicate tools and you need to adjust your PC settings to make them work properly. If your PC is running slow due to mouse sensitivity, adjusting your mouse settings is a great way to make Windows 10 run faster and faster than before. Let's see how to adjust your mouse sensitivity using Windows 10.
Method 1 – Using Control Panel
Most of the features you can use are in the Control Panel, just like the mouse settings. You can use native Windows functionality to set your pointer speed, double-click speed, and even change your primary mouse buttons. Here's what you need to do:
- Press Win + R keys simultaneously to open the Run dialog box. Type “Control” and press Enter when you see the Control Panel pop-up window. You can also access the Control Panel from the Start menu.
- When the Control Panel opens, select “Hardware and Sound”. Then choose "Mouse" under "Devices and Printers".
- The Mouse Properties window will open. The "Buttons" tab allows you to change the main buttons of your mouse and set the double-click speed.
- Click on the “Pointer Options” tab to access mouse sensitivity settings. The "Movement" slider allows you to change the speed of your pointer at will. Move the slider left or right until you reach the desired sensitivity. You can also check the "Improve Pointer Accuracy" checkbox to improve your pointer accuracy.
- You can also customize your mouse wheel by increasing or decreasing the number of lines you skip when scrolling. Open the "Wheel" section and enter the number of rows you want to skip at a time in the "Vertical scroll" box.
If you are still not satisfied with the resulting increase in mouse sensitivity, you can try using the following method.
Method 2 – Using Registry Editor
The registry editor can also help you increase your mouse sensitivity, but it's a bit more technical and complicated. You should also be very careful when making changes because you could damage your system files if you modify the wrong registry files.
You need to find the file that manages the mouse speed settings and increase the sensitivity as far as possible. If you increase the value above the recommended level, your mouse might actually become slower than before.
Here's what you need to do:
- Simultaneously press the Win + R keys to enter the Run box. Type “regedit” and press Enter. When the User Account Control prompt appears, click "Yes" and the Registry Editor will open.
- Select "File" in the upper left corner of the window and choose "Export" to make a backup of your registry if anything gets mixed up. This way you can always restore the registry to this point and undo any potential mistakes you might make.
- In the left window of Registry Editor, find this line: “Computer > HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Control Panel > Mouse”.
- When you reach the registry file, move your cursor to the right and select “MouseSpeed”. When the window opens, write the number 2 where it says "Value data". Click "OK" to save the changes.
- Find and select "MouseThreshold1" and change the "Value data" to 0. Click "OK".
- The last thing you need to do is select "MouseThreshold2" and also set the "Value data" to 0. Click "OK".
- If you have completed each step, your mouse sensitivity should be set to the maximum value. Close Registry Editor and restart your PC for the changes to take effect.
Method 3 – Using Mouse DPI Button
Technically speaking, this method is the easiest of all, but it's not possible if you don't have a DPI button on your mouse. The feature is found on gaming mice, but most office mice don't come with a DPI button.
Depending on your mouse, the DPI button has between 3 and 7 different modes. Mouse sensitivity depends on the number of dots per inch (DPI) created by your mouse's laser. Gaming mice start with 700-800 DPI and can go up to 3000-4500 DPI. Press the DPI button while moving the pointer until you reach the desired speed.
On your marks, ready? Go!
Now that you know three different ways to change your mouse sensitivity in Windows 10, you're ready to show off your navigation and aiming skills. When using the second method, be sure to create a restore point for your PC's registry in case you accidentally mix up registry files.
What method do you use to change the sensitivity of your mouse? Share your experiences in the comments section below.