How to Disable Mouse Acceleration Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

How to Disable Mouse Acceleration on Mac

If you’re a Mac user and find that your mouse cursor moves too quickly or unpredictably, you might be dealing with mouse acceleration. Mouse acceleration is a feature that changes the speed of your mouse cursor based on how quickly you move the physical mouse.

While some users prefer this feature, others find it frustrating and prefer a consistent mouse movement. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to disable mouse acceleration on your Mac.

Step 1: Accessing System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple menu located at the top-left corner of your screen. From the drop-down menu, select “System Preferences.” This will open a new window with various settings options.

Step 2: Navigating to Mouse Settings

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Mouse” icon. This will open the Mouse settings panel where you can customize your mouse’s behavior.

Step 3: Disabling Mouse Acceleration

Note: It’s important to note that depending on your version of macOS, the exact wording and options may vary slightly.

  1. In the Mouse settings panel, navigate to the “Tracking Speed” slider. This slider allows you to adjust how fast or slow your cursor moves.

  2. Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard while moving the Tracking Speed slider all the way to the leftmost position (slowest).

This action effectively disables mouse acceleration and ensures that your cursor moves at a consistent speed regardless of how quickly or slowly you move the mouse.

Step 4: Testing the Changes

After adjusting the Tracking Speed slider, move your mouse around to test if the changes have taken effect. You should notice that the cursor moves at a consistent speed, regardless of how fast you move the physical mouse.

Step 5: Additional Considerations

If you find that disabling mouse acceleration negatively impacts your workflow or precision, you can always re-enable it by moving the Tracking Speed slider to a position that suits your preferences. Experiment with different settings until you find what works best for you.

Additionally, some third-party applications and gaming software may have their own mouse acceleration settings. If you’re experiencing issues specific to certain applications or games, check their respective settings menus for options related to mouse acceleration.

In Conclusion

Disabling mouse acceleration on your Mac can help provide a more consistent and predictable cursor movement, which can be beneficial for various tasks such as graphic design, video editing, or gaming. By following these steps in System Preferences, you can easily customize your mouse settings to suit your needs and preferences.

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