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Have A Giant Screen On Your Mac? Here Is How To Make Your Mouse Faster

January 6, 2012

Searching the web I found a great little write up on how to increase your mouse speed beyond the limit of the Mouse Control Panel in System Preferences. For some strange reason, Apple limits the maximum speed and the mouse on OS X just feels sluggish. Using the Terminal application, found in the Applications/Utilities folder, you can adjust the mouse speed.

1st, enter this command to see what the current setting is:

defaults read -g com.apple.mouse.scaling

this will return a 3 if you currently have the settings at maximum in System Preferences.

To Change it to something a little faster, type this and hit Enter:

defaults write -g com.apple.mouse.scaling  5.0

Be careful not to go overboard as it will be hard to control and undo if you do. Start with 5 and if you want faster, try 6.

You will need to Log Out and back in or restart your computer for the changes to take affect. 

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