How to change the mouse speed in Windows

Updated: 12/29/2017 by Computer Hope
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Most users have different preferences as to how fast their mouse cursor travels across the screen when they move their mouse. Luckily, Microsoft Windows allows you to increase or decrease the mouse cursor movement speed through the mouse properties window. To proceed, select your version of Windows from the list below and follow the instructions.

Changing the mouse speed in Vista, 7, 8, and 10

  1. Press the Windows key, type Control Panel, and then press Enter.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound.
  3. Under the Devices and Printers section, click Mouse.
  4. In the Mouse Properties window, click the Pointer Options tab.

Mouse cursor speed

  1. Under the Motion section, slide the bar left or right to get your preferred pointer speed.
  2. Click Apply, then OK.

Set the mouse speed in Windows XP, 98 and earlier

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Mouse icon; if you're having a hard time double-clicking this icon, highlight the icon by clicking it once and then press the Enter key on your keyboard.
  3. In the Mouse Properties window, click the Pointer Options tab, or if you're using an earlier version of Microsoft Windows such as Windows 98, open the Motion tab.
  4. Under the Motion section, slide the bar left or right to get your preferred pointer speed.
  5. Click Apply, then OK.

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