14 Ways to Fix Slow Mouse Response Speed on Windows 11 & 10

slow mouse pointer speed on windows

It’s hard to imagine a PC without a Mouse. Such a nightmare! Right? A mouse is an integral part of the PC for sure. Without it PC is incomplete. What if your mouse starts giving you slow speed? It becomes annoying because without the proper working of the mouse the PC is just kind of useless. If you are playing a game then the slow response speed can interfere with your performance and you can lose the game. We buy costly mice just for their response speed and multitasking and if that is what we don’t get then what’s the point of spending this much on a mouse?

In this tutorial, we are going to show you the fixes that will help you in resolving the slow mouse speed. So let’s get started in no time.

slow mouse pointer speed on windows

What is the response speed of a Mouse?

It is the time gap between the click of the mouse and the input taken by the PC. The less it is the better it is. It could very around 1milliseconds to 100milliseconds. But in professional gaming, you require a response speed as low as 0.125milliseconds.

Ways to increase Mouse Response speed

In Windows 10 & Windows 11, it has been complained by many users that suddenly the mouse response time increases and it becomes so irritating and annoying to them at times. There are many things that one needs to do if your mouse is not giving a proper response speed.

Fix 1: Adjust the Mouse Pointer Speed

The very first thing that you can do if your mouse is working slowly is to check the Mouse Pointer speed. To do that follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Search for the mouse settings in the search bar of the start menu and hit Open.

mouse setting search

Step 2: When the mouse settings open locate the Mouse pointer speed and slide it from the left to the right to increase its speed or adjust it accordingly.

mouse pointer speed

Fix 2: Disable the Mouse Pointer trials

Showing Mouse pointer trials affect the mouse speed as it has to show an additional mouse cursor which in turn increases the response time. Hence it is best to disable display mouse pointer trials. You can do that as follows:

Step 1: Open the mouse pointer settings by searching it in the search bar of the start menu and hitting open.

mouse setting search 1

Step 2: On the mouse setting window head over to the additional settings. Upon clicking a mouse settings popup window appears. Here switch to the Pointer Options tab and uncheck the display mouse pointer trials and hit OK.

pointer option tab popup

Disabling the Display pointer trail decreases the response time significantly.

Fix 3: Reconnect the mouse

When you install any driver on your PC or connect any other hardware then it may interfere with your mouse connection and hence will stop it from functioning properly.

If you are using a wired mouse disconnect it from the port and connect it again so that Windows again recognize it.

If you are using a wireless mouse then remove its wireless USB connector and connect it again to fix the slow speed issue.

In this way, Windows recognizes it again and it starts to work again properly.

Fix 4: Clean the mouse’s optical sensor and the mouse pad.

Most of the time we are in a constant hurry to finish or work or play our game so we don’t really take time to clean the dirt from our system thinking that it looks clean. But dirt particles sometimes can’t be seen as a result they accumulate over time and hamper the proper functioning of your device.

Take your mouse and clean the bottom of the mouse ensuring its optical receiver is clean. Also thoroughly clean your mouse pad.

Fix 5: Replace the batteries

As we all know wireless mouse is easy to use in any situation. Therefore most people like to use them instead of a wired mouse. But one thing we don’t really care about is their battery. Over time batteries become weak and start providing current at a reduced pace which in turn makes the mouse slow. This can also damage the mouse in the long run. Hence it’s best to replace your mouse batteries from time to time to ensure proper functioning.

Fix 6: Disconnect other USB devices which are not in use

It happens most of the time that if you have connected too many USB devices at a single time then one or more devices will work slowly. Especially if you have both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. It has been claimed by many users that in Windows 10 & Windows 11 if removing unused USB devices allows the computer to focus on fewer devices which improves the speed of the mouse. So if there are any portable hard drives or flash drives connected to your PC which are not in use then remove them to increase the speed of your mouse.

Fix 7: Avoid USB 3.0 mouse connection

If your computer has both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 then don’t connect your mouse to USB 3.0 thinking your mouse will work faster. The opposite might happen.

A mouse is a slow device( the old PS/2 standard was RS232C-based), so USB 1.0 is enough. USB 3.0 have extra connectors for high-speed transfers, but also has standard USB 2.0 connectors for old device compatibility. Even very fast mouses work on USB 2.0 because they also don’t have those connectors that come with USB 3.0. Hence if your PC has USB 2.0 along with USB 3.0 then connect your mouse to USB 2.0 only and spare your USB 3.0 for storage devices. This is because compatibility matters.

Fix 8: Try changing the USB Port.

Every PC has multiple ports. In the long run due to wear and tear some ports might stop working. They won’t shut completely. Rather they stop working properly because all of their connections don’t work properly. Some work and some don’t work. Hence they also make the devices connected to them work in an improper manner. For example, your mouse at time freezes at a point and then immediately works and you wonder what just happened!

In this situation, it’s best to change the USB Port to which the mouse is connected.

Fix 9: Open Hardware and Device Troubleshooter

After trying out all the fixes mentioned above, if the problem persists then you should open up the troubleshooting that will automatically detect any underlying hardware and software problems. Here is how you can do that:

Step 1: Press Windows + R on the keyboard, which will open the Run window. Type cmd and hit enter or press OK.

run dialog box for cmd 1

Step 2: Command Prompt Window opens up here execute the command given below. This will open the Hardware and Device Troubleshoot.

msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic

device diagnostic command prmpt

Step 3: Click next and follow the steps that follow.

hardware and device troublshooter

Note: This troubleshooting is not just for Mouse. This will also solve any underlying problem with any other hardware.

Fix 10: Update the Mouse Drivers

At times updates are not able to install automatically, as a result, different components of the PC don’t work in the way they should. The mouse is not an exception. Its drivers also need to be updated from time to time. So if your mouse is not working properly then you can update the driver as follows:

Step 1: Form the search bar of the start menu search for Device Manager and hit Open.

device manager search

Step 2: In the device manager window look for the Mice and the other pointing device. This will show you the list of the mouse drivers then Right click on any one of them and hit update the driver.

update mouse driver

Step 3: After clicking on Update driver, the Update drivers window appears. Here click on Search Automatically for drivers.

search automatically for drivers

The latest version of the driver will get automatically installed.

Fix 11: Install the drivers given by the manufacturer

Although any wired mouse and wireless mouse will start working as soon as you connect it to your PC due to the compatibility of drivers that are already installed on your device. But sometimes it is seen that using system-installed drivers to run our mouse does not give that extra advantage for which it was bought. So it is best to install the driver that was provided by the manufacturer whether it is wired or wireless.

Fix 12: Stop automatic turning off the mouse

When you use a laptop or even a PC, it tries to save as much power as possible. So they have features through which they automatically turn the mouse off when it is not in use. Continuous turning on/off of the mouse hamper its best performance. It’s best to turn it off. You can turn off this feature as follows:

Step 1: Search for device manager in the search box of the start menu and hit open.

device manager search

Step 2: In the Device Manager window that opens up look for the Mice and the other pointing devices, double-click on it which will display the available mouse, right-click on any one of them, and click on Properties.

driver Properties

Step 3: On the window that pops up switch to the Power Management Tab. Here uncheck the box Allow the computer to turn off the device to save power and hit OK.

mouse power mangement

Fix 13: Turn off the Scroll Inactive feature

Windows 10 & Windows 11 offer you a feature through which you can scroll the inactive windows without focusing on them. But many users reported that turning on this feature makes the mouse lag at certain times. So it’s best to switch it off. Here is how you can do that:

Step 1: Open the Mouse setting by searching for it in the search box of the start menu.

mouse setting search 1

Step 2: In the mouse setting page in the scrolling column look for Scroll inactive window when hovering over them and toggle the switch off.

save inscroll

Fix 14: Update your Window

After doing all these fixes, if your problem persists then look for any available windows updates that windows have to offer for the bugs and the software fixes. As it is very well known that updates are provided to improve the stability of the device and software. Here is how you can do that:

Step 1: Search for the Windows Update Settings in the search box of the start menu and click on Open.

windows update settings

Step 2: In the Windows Update window click on Check for Update and click on Download and install now.

check download install windows update

Now windows will install the Update and your device will work properly.

Is your mouse defective or has become old?

Everything damages with time. The same is true for the mouse over time its optical sensor becomes weak, the connector wore out, the wires broke, the Switch becomes unresponsive, and many more. So try using a new mouse if you are using an old mouse before doing any of the above-mentioned fixes.

Bottom Line

So that’s it. This is the end of the tutorial. We saw there are many fixes that one could do if your mouse doesn’t work. All those fixes are worth giving a shot. Try them if you are facing a slow response problem. Do tell us. See you soon.

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