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How to Change the DPI of a Mouse?

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Your mouse is sensitive and you want to change the DPI of a mouse? The DPI (Dot Per Inch), or PPI (Point Per Inch), of a mouse, determines its sensitivity. The higher the DPI of your mouse, the less you will have to move it to get your cursor from point to point on your screen.

A sensitive mouse mainly benefits gamers and graphic designers, who are more inclined to work on large screens. Typically, gamers set their mouse’s DPI between 1600 and 2800 DPI.

If you feel that your mouse is not responsive enough, and you want to change the DPI of a mouse, then follow this tutorial.

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Check manufacturer specifications

The first thing we advise you to do is to search online for the datasheet of your mouse. Unless it is an unbranded mouse then chances are you will find it, its DPI will be indicated there. It can also be listed on its user manual.

Our mouse, Treknet, SKU: M003, supports 2400, 1500 and 1000 DPI.

Install the drivers

Unless you have an unbranded mouse, which relies solely on the Windows mouse driver, we recommend that you download the appropriate driver from the manufacturer’s site. You will thus be able to configure the DPI of your mouse.

Also, on some mouse models, like ours, you just have to use the button dedicated to the DPI adjustment, it is thus possible to modify it in one click.

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Use an online DPI calculator

If you still can’t find your mouse’s DPI, then use an online DPI analyzer for help.

To do this, first go to your mouse’s Windows settings, Control Panel → Hardware and Sound → Mouse, and click on the Pointer Options tab.

Uncheck the box Improve pointer precision, otherwise, the acceleration will make the measurement useless, finally, confirm with Apply and OK.

If you have installed a mouse driver, then make sure that pointer acceleration is disabled there as well.

Now go to the DPI Analyzer page to measure the approximate distance you need to move your mouse so that the pointer goes from the left of the screen to the right.

Enter the distance in the Target distance field and choose the desired unit (cm or inches). Since you do not know the DPI of your mouse, you cannot put a value in the Configured DPI field.

Now click on the red target at the bottom of the page and drag it to the right, moving your mouse to the distance you specified in Target distance. No need to go fast, above all you have to be precise.

It doesn’t matter if the pointer goes beyond your browser window, but make sure it doesn’t reach the edge of the screen.

When you release your mouse button, a number will appear in the Actual DPI field. It shows the approximate DPI value your mouse is currently set to.