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How to disable mouse acceleration on Mac?

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Accurate and smooth control while using a computer is crucial, especially for tasks requiring pinpoint accuracy, such as graphic design, gaming, or everyday work. One factor that can greatly impact your control over the cursor is mouse acceleration. Mouse acceleration is a feature that alters the speed of your mouse cursor based on how quickly you move the physical mouse. While this feature might be helpful for some users, it can be a hindrance for others.

In this article, we discussed what mouse acceleration is, how to disable it, and how to reduce it on Mac.

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Disable mouse acceleration on Mac

To disable the mouse acceleration on Mac, users must use the terminal. This method will allow you to disable mouse acceleration until you restart your Mac. To disable the mouse acceleration, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open Finder, click the Applications option in the sidebar, and then click on the Utilities folder.

Step 2: Double-click on the Terminal.

Step 3: If you have the macOS version below Big Sur (macOS 11), type the command defaults write -g com.apple.mouse.scaling -1 and hit the Enter button.

If you have macOS Big Sur or later, type the command defaults write -g com.apple.mouse.scaling -integer -1 and hit the Enter button.

Step 4: Log out and log back in to let the changes occur.

If you restart your Mac, the mouse acceleration will enabled again, and to disable it, you have to follow the same steps again.

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Enable mouse acceleration

Enabling the mouse acceleration is quite easy. Either you can restart your Mac, or you can enter the same above-mentioned command and replace the value -1 with anything from 0-3.


How to reduce the mouse tracking speed?

If you don’t want to disable the mouse acceleration or if you have disabled it and still want to increase the tracking speed, then follow the steps below.

Step 1: Click on the Apple menu, and then in the dropdown menu, click on System Settings.

Step 2: In the sidebar, scroll down, click on the Mouse, and then drag the tracking speed slider to the right to make it faster and to the left to make it slower.


Use third-party apps

Another way to disable mouse acceleration on your Mac is to use third-party applications designed for this purpose. These apps offer more advanced customisation options and might be preferred by users who want finer control. You can use apps like LinearMouse to change different settings related to the mouse on Mac.

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Akash Singh

Akash Singh

Akash is a law graduate who likes to go for bike rides on the weekends soul-searching for answers to his many existential questions. You can contact him here: singhakash95@pm.me

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