How to Change the Tracking Speed for a Trackpad or Mouse on Mac

MacBook User Changing Cursor Tracking Speed for Trackpad
Alberto Fava/Shutterstock

The cursor is the primary way you interact with your Mac’s screen. If the cursor speed is too slow—or too fast—it can spoil your experience. Here’s how to change the tracking speed for your trackpad and mouse on Mac.

macOS has independent tracking speed controls for the trackpad and mouse. We will cover both methods below.

Change the Tracking Speed for a Trackpad on Mac

When you first set it up, the built-in trackpad on the MacBook can seem a bit slow. You can increase or decrease the tracking speed of the trackpad from System Preferences.

RELATED: 11 Things You Can Do with the MacBook’s Force Touch Trackpad

To get started, click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of the screen and choose the “System Preferences” option.

Select System Preferences from Apple Menu in Big Sur

Next, go to the “Trackpad” section.

Go to Trackpad from System Preferences

Here, switch to the “Point & Click” tab at the top, and then use the slider in the “Tracking Speed” section to increase or decrease the tracking speed.

Change Tracking Speed for Mouse on Mac

By default, the tracking speed is set to level 4, but you can take it all the way up to level 10.

Change the Tracking Speed for a Mouse on Mac

When you use an external mouse with your Mac (This can be the Magic Mouse or a third-party mouse.), you might find the tracking speed to be quite slow. You can increase this from System Preferences.

First, connect your mouse to your Mac using Bluetooth or USB. Then, click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of the screen and choose the “System Preferences” option.

Select System Preferences from Apple Menu in Big Sur

Here, go to the “Mouse” section.

Go to Mouse from System Preferences

From the “Point & Click” tab, use the slider in the “Tracking Speed” section to increase or decrease the tracking speed for the mouse.

Change Tracking Speed for Mouse on Mac


If you’re new to the MacBook, you might be wondering, “Where is the right-click button?” Here’s how to right-click on a Mac.

RELATED: How to Right-Click on Any Mac Using a Trackpad, Mouse, or Keyboard

Source

Author: admin

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *