How to Change Mouse DPI in Windows 7, 8, 10, and Mac

In recent decades, computers usually had four essential hardware components: a monitor, CPU, keyboard, and mouse. As time passed, the large size of a desktop computer evolved into a much-smaller sized portable laptop.

Now everywhere are laptops, as they offer higher functionality with comfort. The components of a computer, the giant CPU and large keyboard have become a permanent part of a laptop’s body, but the little mouse is still there, serving from start to end.

Even to this day, many people prefer mouse while using the laptop because it is easier to use it rather than dragging your finger on the touchpad.

Especially those who are gamers, love to have a mouse when aiming at the enemy. However, sometimes, you don’t like the slow speed of your mouse.

Whether you are playing a game or doing some office work, it’s really frustrating when your little mouse cannot make rapid movements on the screen.

Stay chill, as there is nothing to be worried about when there is DPI to help you. Let’s dive deep into how to change mouse DPI in Windows 7, 8, 10, and Mac.

What is DPI?

Before you learn those quick and straightforward techniques to change your mouse speed, it significant to understand what really DPI is.

The full form of DPI is “Dots Per Inch,” and it is a measure of “dot-density.” In simple words, it measures the number of individual dots of any spatial printing, image, or video, that can be positioned in a line between the space of 1 inch.

Now, what does it have to do with the mouse speed? As DPI measures the sensitivity of a mouse, it can increase its speed.

In a nutshell, a higher DPI indicates a faster cursor of the mouse. Even though a higher speed isn’t always for everyone, you can adjust it both in Windows and Mac without any hassles.

Method 1: Using the On-the-fly button

Whether you use Windows or Mac, this method is the same for both as it is related to the mouse itself, and not the system.

Besides, this straightforward method will take no time only if your mouse has an “on-the-fly” button. Simply put, many mice don’t have this option, but gaming mice often have.

Here is what you have to do:

Step 1: The first thing is to locate the DPI button on your mouse, as depending on the structure, it may be at the top or bottom surface.

Typically, you will find it right below the scrolling wheel. Sometimes, it has the word “DPI” written on it. Otherwise, you have to locate it by its size, which is relatively smaller than the other buttons.

If you still are not able to locate where does this little button lies on your mouse, you better look for it either on the mouse box or searching the visual labels of your model on the internet.

Step 2: So, found the on-the-fly button? Let’s move to the next step where you have to press the button once or maybe twice to turn on the DPI Settings.

The more you press the button, the higher speed you will get. Sometimes, the mouse comes with two buttons, which makes the DPI settings much more comfortable. If your mouse has two buttons, use one for increasing the DPI, while other for decreasing.

When you press the DPI button, a pop-up menu may appear on your screen. Here you can adjust the speed according to your likings and click OK. Don’t forget to test the speed by moving the mouse before you finish.

Method 2: Windows Settings

Now here’s the thing, the procedure that you are going to access is handy whether you have Windows 7, 8, or even 10.  The steps will remain the same at all levels, regardless of what type of interface your Windows has.

Moving on, all you need to do is as follows.

Step 1: Open the Start Button on the bottom-left of the screen and type “Control Panel” in the search section. You can also open the Control Panel by pressing Windows + X on your keyboard. Whatever method you use, select “Control Panel” from the arriving results.

Step 2: Select “Mouse” from the categories by scrolling down or searching it in the search bar. A window will open.

Step 3: In “Mouse Properties,” locate “Pointer Options” in the tabs section.

Step 4: Here, the first thing you’ll see is, “Select a pointer speed.” Drag the level to the left and right to adjust the pointer speed. Right below it, you will see a checkbox “Enhance Pointer Precision.” If you are a gamer, uncheck it.

One thing to keep in mind that as you change the level of pointer speed, the cursor on your screen may display some abrupt movements because the speed level is changing.

Step 5: Once you have adjusted the speed that you think will be best for you, click “Apply.”

Method 3: Mac Settings

Just because the interface of Windows and Mac differs, doesn’t mean the DPI settings would be complicated in Mac. It has almost the same steps as for Windows and requires the same attention.

Here we go!

Step 1: On the top-left of your screen, click the Apple icon. A menu will appear. Locate “System Preference” and select it.

Step 2: In the System Preference menu, look for “Trackpad” in the second row and click on it.

Step 3: The first section in Trackpad will be “Point & Click.” And here, you will see “Tracking speed.” Drag the level from left to right or from “Slow” to “Fast” to adjust the speed. Once you are done, test the speed and Voila! You are done.

Bottom line

Hopefully, this article has provided you enough information on how to change mouse DPI in Windows 7, 8, 10, and Mac. If your mouse has an on-the-fly button, then well-and-good, you can easily adjust the speed from there.

However, if you have to visit the Settings, then that is not rocket science too. All the methods are easy to approach and help you quickly adjust your mouse DPI.

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