How to Turn On or Off Enhance Pointer Precision in Windows


Enhance pointer precision is a form of pointer acceleration that determines how fast the pointer moves in response to movements of the mouse or finger on a touchpad.

The MouseSpeed, MouseThreshold1, and MouseThreshold2 string values in the HKCU\Control Panel\Mouse key in Registry Editor determine when and to what extent cursor speed accelerates when the mouse or finger moves rapidly.

When the mouse or finger moves slowly, the system moves the pointer at a constant rate that is directly proportional to the rate at which the mouse or finger moves. But if the mouse or finger moves faster than the value of MouseThreshold1 or MouseThreshold2, the system can respond by accelerating the movement of the pointer, so that the cursor moves two or four times as fast as the mouse or finger.

Enhance pointer precision can make your pointer more precise in some situations, but it can make the pointer less precise in many others. Your mileage will vary.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off enhance pointer precision for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.


Contents

  • Option One: To Turn On or Off Enhance Pointer Precision in Mouse Properties
  • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Enhance Pointer Precision using a REG file






OPTION ONE

To Turn On or Off Enhance Pointer Precision in Mouse Properties


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Mouse icon.

2 Click/tap on the Pointer Options tab, check (default) or uncheck the Enhance pointer precision box under Motion for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

Turn On or Off Enhance Pointer Precision in Windows-enhance_pointer_precision.png






OPTION TWO

To Turn On or Off Enhance Pointer Precision using a REG file


The downloadable .reg files below will modify the string values in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse

MouseSpeed String Value

0 = Off
1 = On

MouseThreshold1 String Value

0 = Off
6 = On

MouseThreshold2 String Value

0 = Off
10 = On


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you want to set.


2 To Turn On Enhance Pointer Precision

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_ON_Enhance_pointer_precision.reg

Download


3 To Turn Off Enhance Pointer Precision

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_OFF_Enhance_pointer_precision.reg

Download


4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 Sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn