How to Slow Down Your Mouse Speed in Windows 11/10

You might be shocked by how fast a new mouse is if you buy one. A mouse with a higher dots per inch or DPI rating can pick up even the tiniest motions with significantly better precision. Often, this isn’t the best option. It isn’t enough to purchase a mouse. Mice are sensitive instruments, and you’ll need to tweak your PC’s settings to get them to operate appropriately. You could also choose to slow down your mouse to reduce its sensitivity. This post will guide you to slow down your mouse speed or reducing its sensitivity in Windows 11/10.

How to Slow Down Your Mouse Speed in Windows 11/10

You can adjust the sensitivity of your mouse in Windows in a variety of ways. Here’s a compiled list of the best available options to find the perfect pointer speed.

  1. Settings
  2. Control Panel
  3. Using Registry

Some individuals like quick cursor movement, while others prefer a slower motion to make it simpler to execute tasks and maintain track of the pointer on the screen. Here’s what you can do.

1] Adjust Pointer Speed using Settings

Follow these instructions to change the mouse speed in Windows:

Settings Mouse Pointer Speed

  1. On a Windows computer, either key in Win + I on the search for Settings in the Start Search Box and choose the best match.
  2. Next, head over to the Devices section and choose Mouse from the left navigation pane (for a PC running Windows 10). On a Windows 11 computer, head over to Settings > Bluetooth and devices > Mouse.
  3. Here, make use of the slider to find the perfect cursor speed for yourself. Dragging it to the left makes it slower, and the right makes it move faster.

2] Adjust Pointer Speed using Control Panel

The Control Panel also houses options that could be used to reduce the mouse cursor speed in Windows. Here’s what needs to be done.

Pointer Speed Control Panel

  1. Open the Control Panel and navigate to the Hardware and Sound
  2. Next, click on Devices and Printers and choose the option for Mouse.
  3. Now, head over to the Pointer Options tab under the Mouse Properties dialog box.
  4. Here, use the slider to adjust the speed sensitivity under the Motion section.
  5. Finally, click on Apply > OK.

3] Adjust Pointer Speed using Registry

Using the Registry Editor, you may change the mouse sensitivity settings in a more sophisticated way. A fair bit of warning here: the Registry Editor is a potent and complex tool. Making unwanted changes may cause your system to become unstable, if not completely unusable. We recommend you take a backup of the Registry before making any changes.

Mouse Sensitivity Regedit

  1. At first, press the Win + R key on the keyboard to bring up the Run Dialog. Next, type in regedit in the text field and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  2. Now, navigate to the following path.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse
  3. Here, find and double-click on the MouseSensitivity Next, set the value to any number between 1 and 20 as the desired speed. The default number is usually 10. Anything below this value slows down the mouse pointer, while anything over it speeds it up.
  4. Finally, click on OK and restart your computer.

What Should I Do if My Mouse Is Lagging?

If you’re facing issues with your mouse, try cleaning up the mouse pad. Next, plug the mouse out of the USB port and try plugging it in a different one. If you do use a wireless one, check if the battery is charged.

How Do I Change My Pointer Size and Color?

Start by heading over to Settings > Ease of Access > Mouse Pointer. Here you’ll find the slider for the mouse pointer size located here. The option to adjust the mouse pointer’s color is also located right below it on the same page.

What Should My Mouse Cursor Speed Be?

In Windows’s language, the cursor speed varies between 1 and 20. By default, the value is set to 10, which often does the job for most people. However, if you’re using a multi-monitor setup, you might want to keep it on the higher end (like 12-15) for ease. The value depends upon the person and the use case.

That said, did you find the perfect mouse pointer sensitivity for yourself? Do let us know by dropping a comment down below.

Yash Jain
A long-standing Windows fan, Photographer, and Tech Enthusiast who loves to write about Smartphones and Technology.



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