How to Change Mouse Speed or Sensitivity

Speed up or slow down your Mac or PC mouse or touchpad

A computer's mouse speed and sensitivity refer to the speed the mouse pointer moves across the screen and the time between each button press on the mouse during a double-click. If you aren't comfortable with the default speed of the mouse you use with your computer, change the mouse speed or sensitivity settings.

Information in this article applies to Windows 10 PCs and Macs with macOS Catalina (10.15), macOS Mojave (10.14), macOS High Sierra (10.13), or macOS Sierra (10.12).

A touchpad, also referred to as a mousepad or trackpad, uses separate settings for its mouse pointer and buttons.

Both the touchpad and mouse speed settings can be changed to suit your taste or physical ability. Here's how to determine the current mouse settings on a Mac or Windows 10 PC and make changes if needed.

How to Change the Mouse Speed in Windows 10

To change the mouse speed in a computer with Windows 10:

  1. In the Search bar, enter mouse. In the results, select mouse settings. When the Settings window opens, select Additional mouse options.

    Additional Mouse Options in Windows Settings
  2. In the Control Panel applet for Mouse Properties, change the speed with the slider and test it by double-clicking the test folder icon. The faster the speed you choose, the faster you need to press the mouse buttons for a double-click to work. If you want to keep the change, select Apply to save it. If you don't save the change, the setting remains the same as it was before you opened the Settings window.

    Mouse Properties dialog box
  3. Go to the Pointer Options tab of the Mouse Properties dialog box to change the speed at which the mouse cursor or pointer moves across the screen.

    Pointer Options in Mouse Properties
  4. The faster the cursor speed, the less you need to move the mouse. If you make the speed slower, you have to move the mouse farther to make the cursor travel the same distance. After you reach the desired speed, select Apply.

    Apply button in Mouse Properties

How to Adjust the Touchpad Cursor Speed in Windows 10

To change the touchpad speed in Windows 10, open Windows Settings by pressing Win+I. Then, select Devices > Touchpad.

When the Settings window opens, drag the slider in the window to the left or right to change the speed of the cursor when using the touchpad. On the same screen, use the slider to adjust the sensitivity. Unlike the mouse settings, these changes go into effect as soon as you make the change. You don't need to select Apply.

Windows Settings only shows touchpad configuration options when Windows detects that your system uses a touchpad. Otherwise, those options are hidden.

How to Change the Mouse Tracking Speed on a Mac

Changing the mouse tracking speed on a Mac is as easy as changing it on a Windows 10 computer.

  1. On the Mac, click the Apple icon at the top of the screen and choose System Preferences from the menu.

    Mac desktop with the System Preferences option highlighted
  2. Click Mouse in the System Preferences screen.

    System Preferences on a Mac with the Mouse section highlighted
  3. Click Point & Click at the top of the screen.

    Mouse Settings on a Mac with the Point & Click tab highlighted
  4. Drag the slider under Tracking speed to increase or decrease the cursor speed. The faster the tracking speed is, the less physical movement you need to make to move the cursor.

    Tracking Speed in Mouse settings on a Mac

How to Change a Trackpad's Tracking Speed on a Mac

Whether your trackpad is built into your Mac laptop or is a peripheral you use with your Mac desktop computer, the method to change the trackpad speed is the same.

  1. Click the Apple icon and choose System Preferences in the menu.

    Mac desktop with the System Preferences option highlighted
  2. Click Trackpad in the System Preferences screen.

    Mac System Preferences with the Trackpad section highlighted
  3. On the next screen, click Point & Click.

    Point & Click tab in Trackpad settings on a Mac
  4. Use the Tracking speed slider to change the tracking speed of the trackpad on the Mac. Select how fast you want the tracking speed to be by dragging the slider between Slow and Fast. The faster the tracking speed is, the less physical movement you need to make to move the cursor.

    Tracking speed in Trackpad settings on Mac

How to Change the Double-Click Speed on a Mac

Changing the speed of a double-click is part of the Accessibility features on a Mac.

  1. Click the Apple icon and choose System Preferences from the menu.

    Mac desktop with the System Preferences option highlighted
  2. Click Accessibility.

    Accessibility settings on Mac
  3. Choose Pointer Control in the left panel and select the Mouse & Trackpad tab in macOS Catalina. In earlier versions of the operating system, click Mouse & Trackpad in the left panel.

    Accessibility system preferences on Mac
  4. Drag the slider next to Double-click speed to change the time between each click on a mouse or trackpad. The change takes effect immediately.

    Pointer control in Mac system preferences
  5. Select Mouse Options at the bottom of the Mouse & Trackpad Accessibility screen to access the mouse Scrolling speed slider. Adjust the scrolling speed by moving the slider between Slow and Fast. Click OK.

    Mouse scrolling speed settings in Mac