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How to change mouse DPI on PC

DPI, or dots per inch, is what controls the sensitivity associated with your computer mouse. There are numerous reasons why you’d want to change a mouse’s DPI, ranging from improved accuracy in video games to everyday productivity tasks.

Adjusting the speed of the cursor movement you see on your screen can go a long way in enhancing your general computing experience, and it can be achieved in just a few clicks. We’ll show you how.

Difficulty

Easy

Duration

5 minutes

What You Need

  • A PC or laptop with Windows or MacOS

How to change mouse DPI on PC on Windows 10

Regardless of whether you have a mouse or you’re using a laptop’s trackpad, the DPI can be changed through the Windows 10 settings.

Step 1: In the Start menu on Windows 10, select Settings.

The Settings button on Windows 10.
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Step 2: Select Devices, which is where your mouse settings can be adjusted.

The option for Devices on Windows 10.
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Step 3: On the side panel, select Mouse, and then choose Additional mouse options.

The Additional mouse options in Windows 10.
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Step 4: Now click Pointer options.

Step 5: Within the Motion section below Select a pointer speed, adjust the slider to your liking. Dragging it left will reduce the mouse DPI, making your cursor move slower. This is useful for, say, anything that requires extra attention for accuracy. Select the Apply and OK buttons to confirm the change.

Moving the slider to the right will make your mouse movement faster, which will come in handy for gaming. Simply put, you’ll be able to react quicker, which is especially helpful for fast-paced online titles. Alternatively, you could just be looking to increase the DPI in general for your everyday computing use as you find the default setting too slow.

The section to change the DPI of a mouse on Windows 10.
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mouse speed in Windows 11.
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How to change mouse DPI in Windows 11

Changing your mouse DPI natively in Windows 11 is similar to changing it in Windows 10. Here's how.

Step 1: Open the Windows 11 settings app with Windows Key + I.

Step 2: Navigate to Bluetooth and devices in the sidebar. From there, click the Mouse option.

Step 3: In the new page that opens up, select the Mouse pointer speed option. Drag the slider around. If the slider is closer to the left, your mouse will move slower. If the slider is closer to the right, it will move faster. The default value in the middle will strike a good balance. Note down the numbers, too. Default will be 10, slow is 1, and faster is 20.

How to change mouse DPI on PC on Windows 7

Step 1: In order to change the mouse DPI if you have earlier versions of Windows like Windows 7, open the Control panel.

Step 2: Now select Hardware and sound > Devices and printers > Mouse > Pointer options. Change the DPI under the Motion section, and then select Apply and OK.

Changing the mouse DPI on Windows 7.
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How to change mouse DPI on Mac

Step 1: Open System preferences and then select Trackpad (for MacBooks) or Mouse if you have one connected.

The Mouse setting on Mac.
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Step 2: In the Tracking speed section, adjust the slider to make your mouse or trackpad move slower of faster.

The Tracking speed section for changing the speed of the trackpad/mouse on Mac.
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How to change Logitech mouse DPI

If you have a wireless Logitech mouse and have it connected to a PC or laptop, then follow the same steps as we explained above to change the DPI. You can plug in the USB dongle for a standard Logitech mouse to a Windows 10 or 11 laptop, which should be viewable as a USB device within the mouse settings page.

Hand on a computer mouse, purple lighting.
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Can you change the DPI with a button on a mouse?

Depending on your mouse, the DPI may be adjusted directly via the mouse itself, saving you time from continually changing it around through settings. Some gaming mice, especially the more premium versions, come with their own software, which gives you access to a more detailed DPI hub compared to Windows 10’s default mouse settings. You can even assign your mouse different DPI profiles that can be switched between with the click of a button.

Either way, many gaming mice these days generally feature an actual physical button, which is typically situated near the scroller. Read the instructions manual that came with your mouse to see exactly how to adjust the DPI via the mouse and any applicable program, driver, etc.

If you have an older mouse, say, a standard Logitech device, then chances are you won't have a specific DPI button situated on it.

How to change mouse DPI to 800

With Windows 10’s default mouse settings, it’s not possible to find out the exact DPI associated with your mouse. Certain amounts, like 800, are usually helpful for a certain audience, such as gamers. If you have a gaming mouse, then you should be able to set a specific DPI via the device’s program.

For non-gaming mice, it’s a bit more difficult to find out or adjust the actual figure, but there are workarounds. For example, Logitech’s G Hub app can synchronize itself with a compatible mouse and you can change the DPI via the program itself.

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