How to Turn Off Mouse Acceleration on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user who is frustrated with the mouse acceleration feature? Do you find it difficult to control the sensitivity of your mouse?

Well, you’re in luck! In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to turn off mouse acceleration on your Mac. By disabling this feature, you can have more precise control over your mouse movements and enhance your overall user experience.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To start the process, click on the Apple menu located at the top left corner of your screen. From the drop-down menu, select System Preferences. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut by pressing Command + Spacebar and typing “System Preferences” in the Spotlight search bar.

Step 2: Navigate to Mouse Settings

In the System Preferences window that appears, locate and click on the Mouse icon. It is usually represented by a picture of a mouse. This will open up the Mouse settings panel.

Step 3: Adjust Tracking Speed

In the Mouse settings panel, you will see a slider labeled “Tracking Speed”. This slider controls how fast or slow your mouse cursor moves across the screen.

By default, it is set to a medium speed.

If you want to turn off mouse acceleration completely, drag the Tracking Speed slider all the way to the leftmost position (towards “Slow”). This reduces any acceleration effect and ensures that your cursor moves at a consistent speed regardless of how fast or slow you move your physical mouse.

Note:

  • Moving towards “Fast” increases cursor speed with acceleration.
  • Moving towards “Slow” decreases cursor speed with acceleration.

Step 4: Fine-tune your Mouse Sensitivity

If you find the cursor movement too slow or fast even after disabling mouse acceleration, you can further adjust the sensitivity to your liking. To do this, click on the “Mouse Options..” button located below the Tracking Speed slider.

Step 5: Customize Mouse Sensitivity

A new window will pop up with additional mouse settings. Here, you can configure various options such as Scrolling Speed, Double-Click Speed, and more.

To adjust the sensitivity, locate the slider labeled “Tracking Speed”.

Drag this slider left or right to increase or decrease the sensitivity according to your preference. Experiment with different settings until you find the perfect balance for your mouse movements.

Note:

  • Moving towards “Fast” increases sensitivity.
  • Moving towards “Slow” decreases sensitivity.

Step 6: Apply Changes and Close Settings

After adjusting the mouse sensitivity, click on the “OK” button to save your changes. You can then close the Mouse settings panel and System Preferences window by clicking on the red “X” button at the top left corner of each respective window.

Congratulations! You have successfully turned off mouse acceleration on your Mac. Enjoy smoother and more precise cursor control while navigating through your favorite applications and websites.

Note: The steps mentioned in this tutorial are applicable to macOS versions including macOS Big Sur, macOS Catalina, macOS Mojave, and earlier releases.

Summary:

  • Open System Preferences.
  • Navigate to Mouse settings.
  • Adjust Tracking Speed to the leftmost position (Slow) to disable mouse acceleration.
  • Fine-tune mouse sensitivity using Mouse Options.
  • Apply changes and close settings.

Now you can enjoy a more controlled and precise mouse experience on your Mac!

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