Computers, Laptops & Tablets Accessories & Hardware How to Change Mouse Speed or Sensitivity Speed up or slow down your Mac or PC Mouse or Touchpad By Brad Stephenson Freelance Contributor Brad Stephenson is a freelance tech and geek culture writer with 12+ years' experience. He writes about Windows 10, Xbox One, and cryptocurrency. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Brad Stephenson Updated November 16, 2019 Mehaniq / Getty Images Accessories & Hardware Keyboards & Mice Monitors Cards HDD & SSD Printers & Scanners Raspberry Pi Tweet Share Email A computer's mouse speed or sensitivity can refer to both the speed at which the mouse's 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 settings. A touchpad, sometimes referred to as the 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 personal 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 Your Mouse Speed in Windows 10 To change the mouse speed in Windows 10: From the Search bar, type mouse. In the results, select mouse settings. When the Settings window opens, select Additional mouse options. 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, click Apply to save the change. If you don't save the change, the settings revert to the way they were before you opened the settings window. Click Pointer Options in the top menu of the same pop-up window to change the speed at which the mouse cursor (or pointer) moves across the screen. The faster a cursor's speed is, 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, click Apply. How to Adjust the Touchpad Cursor Speed in Windows 10 Windows Settings only shows trackpad configuration options if Windows detects that your system uses a trackpad. Otherwise, those options are hidden. To change the touchpad speed in Windows 10, open Windows Settings by pressing Win+I. Click Devices and then 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; from the same screen, use the slider to adjust sensitivity. Unlike the mouse settings, these changes go into effect as soon as you make them. You do not need to press any Apply button. How to Change the Mouse Tracking Speed on a Mac Changing the mouse tracking speed on a Mac is just as easy as changing it on a Windows 10 computer. On your Mac, click the Apple icon at the top of the screen and choose System Preferences from the menu. Click Mouse in the System Preferences screen. From the top menu in the next screen, click Point & Click. 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. How to Change Your Trackpad's Tracking Speed on a Mac Whether your trackpad is built in to your Mac laptop or is a peripheral you use with your Mac desktop computer, the method to change the trackpad speed is the same. Click the Apple icon and choose System Preferences in the menu. Click Trackpad in the System Preferences screen. On the next screen, click Point & Click. Use the Tracking speed slider to change the tracking speed of the trackpad on your 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. 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. Click the Apple icon and choose System Preferences from the menu. Click Accessibility. Choose Mouse & Trackpad in the left menu. Drag the slider next to Double-click speed to change the time between each click for both the physical mouse and trackpad. The change takes effect immediately.