Speed Up Or Slow Down Your Mouse or Trackpad [OS X Tips]

Speed Up Or Slow Down Your Mouse or Trackpad [OS X Tips]

Sometimes, we need to speed up the response of our mouse or our trackpad, like for a First Person Shooter game. Other times, we might need to slow it down, so we can work with more detailed graphics files in a drawing program. SmoothCursor, from the folks at leftbee apps, is a simple little utility that does just that.


Speed Up Or Slow Down Your Mouse or Trackpad [OS X Tips]SmoothCursor allows us to use Normal, linear acceleration, or inverse acceleration to make things work the way we want to.

Even cooler is the way the utility allows us to customize the acceleration settings of your mouse and trackpad separately. This might be helpful, for example, if we liked to switch between a drawing program and use our trackpad, but then hop over to a FPS shooter game and use our mouse. Hey, it’s not that out of the realm of possibility!

The app will allow users to enable or disable the settings from the menu bar. There’s even an option to protect your acceleration settings, even if another app (heaven forfend!) tries to change them.

The developer also mentions that “for the greatest accuracy in FPS games, you may want to use either linear or inverse acceleraion values.” Good to know!

  • Aaron

    Yay! This is exactly what I need for my high-DPI travel mouse! 

    Oh f–k. It’s only 64-bit. Curse my first-generation MacBook Pro.

    Oh double f–k. It only runs under Lion. Which is 64-bit. See previous line.

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