The GUI is what made computers easy to use for the average person. It offers a visual look at what’s happening and allows users to interact with virtual objects instead of writing and executing commands for everything. Over the years, GUI has evolved but we still use a pointing device i.e. a mouse or a trackpad to interact with everything on a desktop operating system.
Enhance Mouse Pointer Precision
Using a mouse isn’t hard. If you’re using a brand new system, or you’ve connected a new mouse to your system, you may have to adjust the speed of the pointer or you may need to get used to it. Beyond that, there is little to do.
A mouse pointer selects an item and in order to select anything, you need to click. This is where mouse pointer precision comes in. The pointer may not click exactly where you want it to or, you may not have a good estimate of what you’re clicking on.
Enable Enhance mouse pointer precision
If you often click the wrong icon or object on your screen, you should consider enabling ‘Enhance mouse pointer precision’. It’s a feature that ‘guesses’ what you’re actually trying to click on. When you click something, and you’re click is a few too many pixels off, it will correct it.
You won’t see the pointer jump. Instead, the correct click will be executed. You can enable ‘Enhance mouse pointer precision’ on both Windows 10 and Windows 11.
- Open the Settings app with the Win+I keyboard shortcut.
- Go to Devices>Mouse.
- Click Additional Mouse options.
- In the window that opens, go to the Pointer Options tab.
- Enable the ‘Enhance pointer precision’ option under the Select a pointer speed bar.
- Click Apply.
Problems with enhanced pointer precision
Generally speaking, enhanced pointer precision helps click and select items more accurately however, it may cause problems in the following two cases.
- In a game, particularly FPS games
- If you’ve set the mouse pointer size to larger than normal
In both these cases, it may be better to disable enhanced mouse pointer precision. If you have trouble interacting with items on your system without it, try reducing the speed of the mouse pointer and of the clicks. It may help you click and select items more accurately.
Enhanced mouse pointer precision works well with both a mouse and a trackpad. In most cases, the setting sticks so even if you’ve connected a new mouse, the mouse settings for the previous hardware will still apply. This is in most cases but not all. If you’ve connected a Microsoft or Logitech mouse, and it installs its an app to manage the mouse, the OS-level settings may not apply. Check the app’s settings to see if you can enable something similar.