Mouse acceleration is the rate of speed at which your mouse cursor covers the distance on the screen relative to how much you move the mouse or drag your finger across the touchpad. By default, Windows positions mouse acceleration somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. But it also allows users to tweak it according to their needs and preference.
Typically, disabling mouse acceleration is most beneficial to users requiring precision and minute tracking of the mouse movement, e.g., graphical interface or gaming enthusiasts. However, anyone can dial down the speed of their mouse by turning off the mouse acceleration on their Windows PC quickly through the settings.
Should you Disable Mouse Acceleration?
Simply put, mouse acceleration helps you move the cursor on your screen farther relative to the distance you moved your connected mouse or dragged a finger across the touchpad. Though mouse acceleration enables you to move the cursor with enhanced speed along with the convenience of covering a very short distance relatively when it comes to moving a device or finger, it achieves so at the cost of accuracy.
If you are someone who extensively uses their PC to play games competitively or a graphic designer that wishes to use a mouse for intricate designs, turning the mouse acceleration might make much more sense to you compared to a regular user.
However, if you are someone who uses their computer for regular stuff, such as browsing, productivity, and an occasional gaming session, and on top of that mostly do not have that much space on the table to move the connected mouse or find it too hectic to move fingers across the touchpad multiple times as you hit the edge, again and again, leaving the mouse acceleration turned on might be more suitable for you.
However, you are free to try and can decide which one of the settings feels more natural to use as the definition of cursor speed, precision, and accuracy changes in every scenario when not relying on hard numbers.
Toggle the Mouse Acceleration on your PC from the Settings App
Toggling Off the mouse acceleration on your PC is a straightforward process. All it requires is a couple of clicks from your side.
To do so, first, head to the Setting app by clicking on its icon present in the Start Menu under the pinned app section. Alternatively, you can also press the Windows+I keys together on your keyboard to open the app.
After that, on the Settings window, click on the ‘Bluetooth & devices’ tab present on the left sidebar to proceed.
Then from the right section of the window, scroll down to locate and click on the ‘Mouse’ tile from the list to continue.
On the next screen, scroll down to locate and click on the ‘Additional mouse settings’ tile present under the ‘Related settings’ section on the page to proceed. This will open a separate window on your screen.
Then, from the separately opened window on your screen, click on the ‘Pointer Options’ tab present in the top section of the window. Now click the checkbox preceding the ‘Enhance pointer precision’ option present under the ‘Motion’ section to uncheck it.
Finally, click on the ‘Apply’ button present in the bottom section of the window to save the changes. Then, click on the ‘OK’ button to close the overlay window.
Mouse acceleration is now turned off on your computer. You should feel the difference immediately when moving the cursor on your screen.
There you go folks, hopefully, this guide helps you in disabling the mouse acceleration on your Windows 11 PC.