How to Change Mouse Speed

Speed up or slow down that Mac, PC, or laptop mouse

A woman's hand on a blue mouse
Everyone should adjust their mouse's speed to suit their own computing style.  Burak Karademir / Moment

A computer's mouse speed or sensitivity can refer to both the speed at which the mouse's pointer moves across the screen as well as the time between each button press on the mouse itself during a double-click.

The touchpad, sometimes referred to as the mousepad or trackpad, features its own separate settings for its mouse pointer and buttons.

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

How to Change Your Mouse Speed in Windows 10

  1. Open your Windows Settings by clicking on the Notification Center icon in the bottom-right corner of your screen and then click on the All settings button. If your device is touch-enabled, you can also open the Notification Center by swiping in from the right side of the screen with your finger.
  2. With Windows Settings open, click on the Devices icon.
  3. Click on the Mouse option from the left menu.
  4. In the top-right corner of the next screen will be a text link for Additional mouse options. Click on it.
  5. A small window will pop-up with the option to change the double-click speed of the mouse's buttons via a slider. The faster the speed you choose, the faster you will need to press the mouse buttons for a double-click to work. Feel free to change the speed and test it by double-clicking on the test folder icon. If you wish to keep the changes you've made, click on the Apply button. If this button isn't pressed, your settings will revert to the way they were before you opened this settings window.
  1. If you wish to change the speed at which the mouse cursor (or pointer) moves across the screen, from within this same pop-up window, click on the Pointer Options link in the top menu.
  2. This next screen will provide you with a slider which you can use to make your mouse cursor speed faster or slower. The faster a cursor's speed is, the less you will need to physically move your mouse. If you make the speed slower, you will have to move your mouse a further distance to make its cursor travel the same distance. Once you have the desired speed, click on the Apply button.

How to Adjust Your Touchpad Cursor Speed in Windows 10

  1. To change your mousepad (or touchpad) speed in Windows 10, open up the Windows Settings following the instructions above then click on Devices and then Touchpad.
  2. A slider will appear on the next screen which you can drag left or right to change the speed of the cursor when using the touchpad. The faster you choose, the less your fingers will need to move on the touchpad. Unlike the mouse settings, these changes will go into effect as soon as you make them here. You do not need to press any Apply button.
  3. On this same screen, you can also adjust your touchpad's sensitivity. Low sensitivity means that you will need to tap your touchpad harder for it to register a click while high sensitivity will simply require a light tap.
  4. Choose your sensitivity option from the drop-down menu. The change will take effect as soon as it's selected. You can change it at any time in the future by repeating these steps.

How to Change Your Mouse's Tracking Speed on a Mac

  1. On your Mac, click on the Apple icon to open System Preferences and then click on Mouse.
  2. From the top menu in the new pop-up box, click on Point & Click.
  3. The next screen will feature a slider for changing the tracking speed. On a Mac, this is what the speed of a mouse's cursor as it moves across the screen is referred to as. Drag the slider to increase or decrease the cursor speed. The faster the tracking speed is, the less physical movement you will need to do to move the cursor while using a mouse.

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

  1. On your Mac, click on the Apple icon to open System Preferences and then click on Trackpad.
  2. On the next screen, click on Point & Click.
  3. You will then be shown a slider for changing the tracking speed of the trackpad on your Mac. Select how fast you want the tracking speed to be by dragging the sliderbetween Slow and Fast. The faster the tracking speed is, the less physical movement you will need to do to move the cursor.

How to Change the Double-Click Speed on a Mac

  1. Click on the Apple icon and open System Preferences.
  2. Click on Accessibility and then choose the Mouse & Trackpad option from the left menu.
  3. On the next screen, you will be provided with an option for changing the double-click speed option via a slider. This will change the time between each click for both the physical mouse and trackpad. Drag the slider to the desired setting to change the speed. Changes will take effect immediately.