What is Mouse Acceleration?

Mouse has been an important hardware component for computers.

It’s technology has developed through the years but the underlying principle remains the same.

One of the most important technological developments in Mouse technology is Mouse Acceleration.

Mouse Acceleration

Mouse Acceleration is technology which makes it easier for you to move your mouse pointer on the screen.

What it basically does is, it moves the mouse pointer further when you move your mouse faster.

This allows the pointer to cross the entire screen with a quick short motion.

Thus making movement across a large screen easier.

For the same physical distance that you move the mouse,

he pointer on the screen covers more distance if the mouse was moved faster.

Should you Disable Mouse Acceleration?

Operating Systems enable acceleration by default.

It is a useful function for most of the situations,

but there are certain scenarios where turning off acceleration could be useful.

The most common reason for anyone to disable mouse acceleration is gaming.

If you are playing a game in which precise movements are essential,

such as multiplayer online battle arena or first person shooters, you may benefit a lot by disabling mouse acceleration.

How to turn off Mouse Acceleration in Windows 10?

Windows 10 makes it very simple to disable Mouse Acceleration.

  1. Step 1: Click on the Windows Start Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Step 2: In the Windows Settings menu, open Devices.
  3. Step 3: In the Device Menu, click on the Mouse Tab and open Additional Mouse Settings.
  4. Step 4: Under the Pointer Options, uncheck the Enchance pointer precision checkbox
  5. Step 5: Finish by clicking on Apply button and select OK

Mouse acceleration is now disabled in Windows 10.

How to turn off Mouse Acceleration on Mac?

You cannot disable it in Mac from the system, but you can reduce it considerably to make it almost negligible.

  1. Step 1: Click on the Apple Icon and go to System Preferences
  2. Step 2: Under the System Preferences, click on the Mouse option.
  3. Step 3: Unde the mouse option, you will see various mouse settings, look for “tracking speed” and clik on it
  4. Step 4: it cannot be fully disabled here, but under “tracking speed” you can use a slider to adjust how fast the mouse pointer should follow the mouse’s movements.

You can disable mouse acceleration by pasting a line of code to the Terminal in Mac.

If you are a techie, you can use this method.

If you are the kind of guy who like to do stuff in the easiest possible way, go for the step given above.

Now, to completely disable it, go to the search field and enter “terminal”.

Open Terminal and enter the following command there:

defaults write.GlobalPreferences com.apple.mouse.scaling -1.

This will do the magic.