How to change the mouse speed in Windows

Updated: 03/12/2022 by Computer Hope
Computer Mouse

Most users have different preferences as to how fast their mouse cursor travels across the screen when they move their mouse. Luckily, Microsoft Windows lets you increase or decrease the mouse cursor movement speed through the mouse properties. To proceed, select your version of Windows from the list below and follow the instructions.

Changing the mouse speed in Vista, 7, 8, 10, and 11

  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.
Tip

If you use the Small icons or Large icons view in Control Panel, click the Mouse option in step 2.

  1. In the Mouse Properties window, click the Pointer Options tab.

Mouse cursor speed

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

Set the mouse speed in Windows XP 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 Enter on your keyboard.
  3. In the Mouse Properties window, click the Pointer Options tab. If you're using an earlier version of Microsoft Windows, such as Windows 98, click the Motion tab.
  4. In the Motion section, slide the bar left or right to set your preferred pointer speed.
  5. Click Apply, then OK.