In this guide, we are going to review what mouse acceleration is and show you how to turn it off. If you are starting to play shooter games like Fortnite, PUBG, Apex Legends or CS: GO, you may find it hard to reach certain positions on your screen when moving fast in the game. Well, this does not mean that you have to give up on your efforts, maybe you just should disable mouse acceleration.
What is mouse acceleration?
Mouse or cursor acceleration causes the movement of our mouse on the screen to be based on the speed of our mouse movement, rather than the distance we move with it on the desktop.
This function can be applied to our mouse by a variety of elements. It can be caused by the operating system, followed by the mouse drivers, the settings of the game itself, etc. This feature is crucial for those users who have limited space to use the mouse.
Mouse acceleration makes it very difficult for us to replicate specific movements. If we use this feature to play shooter games, it can be harder to play, since the precision of our mouse changes according to the speed of our movements. If we deactivate this feature, we only have to learn the movements we have to make to reach the crosshair.
In the gaming community, it is recommended to disable this feature. This way it will be easier to learn how to aim in shooter games.
How to turn off mouse acceleration on Windows 10?
You can follow these steps on Windows 10:
- Open the mouse settings by typing “mouse” in the search box on the taskbar. You can also open the “Run” dialog box with the Windows shortcut [Windows key] + [R], enter the CMD command “main.cpl” and directly access the mouse settings.
- In the mouse settings, click on “Additional mouse options” in the menu on the right. If you use the “Run” dialog box, skip this step.
- The “Properties: Mouse” window opens, where you can select the “Pointer Options” tab.
- Look at the “Movement” section. If the “Improve pointer precision” checkbox is checked, uncheck it.
- Finish the process by clicking “Apply” and “OK.”