How to check mouse DPI (and change the sensitivity) in Windows 10

If you like to play on the computer or work with software for drawing or editing images, such as Photoshop for example then the accuracy and speed of the mouse might be so important for you. Therefore, knowing the mouse DPI is necessary to check if it meets your needs or needs to be replaced by a better one.

Next, understand what this acronym is and how to find out if your peripheral is fast enough for you or not.

But what is DPI?

This is a standard used to measure the sensitivity of a mouse. The acronym DPI stands for “dots per inch“. In other words, every current mouse detects an “x” amount of dots per inch. The higher the number of points detected, ie the higher the DPI, the more precise the pointer your peripheral will be.

Depending on the model you are using, you can work with a wider variation of DPI. Game mice, for example, can reach up to 16,000 DPI. By comparison, a “normal” mouse detects around 1,000 DPI.

How do I know and change the DPI of my mouse?

Some models, especially gamers, have a physical button to more effectively switch DPI. When you press it, there is usually a color change in the LED to indicate the switch and of course you will notice the pointer speed changes.

If your mouse does not have a built-in button for this, see where to view and change the DPI in Windows 10.

1. Click the Start button on your PC, represented by the Windows logo in the lower left corner of the desktop;

2. In the search field type “Change your mouse settings” and then click on the option that appears;

3. Now click on “Additional mouse options” in the upper right corner;

4. Open a window labeled “Mouse Properties“. Click the “Pointer Options” tab;

5. The “Motion” option shows the current pointer speed level. Slide the marker to the right or left if you want to change the mouse DPI;

6. Leave the “Enhance Pointer Precision” box checked.

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