How to Control Mouse or Touchpad Speed in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to adjust the speed settings of their mouse or touchpad in Ubuntu Linux.

If you see your mouse or touchpad pointer shooting across the screen faster than you’re moving, it might be related to the mouse or touchpad acceleration or speed settings.

Also, if your pointer moves too fast or slow when you move your mouse or use your touchpad, you can adjust the pointer speed for these devices.

Ubuntu Linux mouse speed settings control the mouse by increasing the distance and speed at which cursor moves across the screen in response to the speed of the physical mouse on a surface.

Below is how to adjust the mouse or touchpad speed settings in Ubuntu Linux.

How to adjust mouse and touchpad speed in Ubuntu Linux

As describes above, if your pointer moves too fast or slow when you move your mouse or use your touchpad, you can adjust the pointer speed for these devices.

Below is how to adjust the mouse and touchpad speed settings in Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

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Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below.

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In the Settings app, click on Mouse & Touchpad tile to open the panel.

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In the System Settings -> Mouse & Touchpad panel, under Mouse, adjust the Mouse Speed or Touchpad Speed slider until the pointer motion is comfortable for you.

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Sometimes the most comfortable settings for one type of device are not the best for the other.

That should do it! You can now close the Settings app.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to adjust the mouse or touchpad speed in Ubuntu Linux. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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