How to Turn Off Mouse Acceleration in Windows 10

Get that pointer moving at your speed, not Microsoft's

Sometimes a mouse pointer can hang on the screen or move erratically and create frustration. This problem can happen in Windows 10 due to mouse acceleration issues.

In this article, you'll learn:

  • How to turn off automatic mouse acceleration
  • What the Enhance Pointer Precision feature is
  • How that feature creates problems

The instructions in this article apply to Windows 10.

How to Turn Off Mouse Acceleration

If you're not happy with how this default setting is impacting your computer use, follow the steps below to turn it off.

  1. Click the Start button.

  2. Click Settings.

  3. In Windows Settings, click Devices.

    Windows Setting window showing Devices option.
  4. In the Bluetooth & other devices window, click Mouse in the left navigation pane.

    The Mouse option in the Bluetooth & other devices window.
  5. In the Mouse window, click Additional mouse options in the right navigation pane.

    The Mouse window showing Additional mouse options.
  6. In the Mouse Properties window, click the Pointer Options tab.

    Mouse Properties window
  7. Deselect Enhance pointer precision.

    Enhance pointer precision checkbox
  8. Click Apply.

If you find that you don't like the way your mouse moves once you have deselected this setting, you can always turn it back on by following the same steps and selecting it again.

If you're still experiencing problems with your mouse, it might be that something else is going on. Sometimes cleaning a mouse can resolve a lot of issues but there are also other troubleshooting tips you can try when your mouse doesn't seem to work properly.

How Enhance Pointer Precision Affects Mouse Acceleration

Enhance Pointer Precision automatically changes the speed at which your onscreen pointer moves based on the speed you are moving the mouse. In Windows 10, the Enhance Pointer Precision feature is set to control mouse acceleration by default.

However, this automated speed calculation by Windows 10 can sometimes mean your pointer screams by something it shouldn't or doesn't get to something as quickly as you'd like. Gamers, in particular, can experience performance issues because of this feature even when using the best wireless mouse on the market.

While you can slow your mouse down or speed it up using Windows 10 settings, the Enhance Pointer Precision feature can override those settings and still make using your mouse frustrating.