How to reset the mouse pointer speed

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How to reset the mouse pointer speed
Changing your mouse pointer speed to suit your task will allow you to work more efficiently. (mouse image by Bosko Martinovic from

For everyday use, most users use the default mouse pointer speed. Changing your mouse pointer speed to be either more or less sensitive can be useful in certain situations. However, if after changing your mouse pointer speed, it is either too fast or too slow, the speed of the mouse can be simply reset in the Control Panel on Windows, or under System Preferences on Macintosh, by changing the mouse back to the default speed.

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  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button in the bottom left corner of your screen. In the "Start" menu, click "Control Panel."

  2. 2

    Click "Hardware and Sound" then under "Devices and Printers," click "Mouse."

  3. 3

    Click on the "Pointer Options" tab on the "Mouse Properties" window. Under the heading "Motion," drag the marker so it is exactly in the middle between "Slow" and "Fast." Hit "Apply" and then hit "OK."

  1. 1

    Open the "Apple" menu in the top, and click "System Preferences."

  2. 2

    Click "Keyboard and Mouse," and then select the "Mouse" tab.

  3. 3

    Drag the marker under the "Tracking" header exactly to the middle, between "slow" and "fast."

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