How to Change Mouse DPI and What DPI is Best for You
Want to have clear headshots in your favorite shooting game?
Or, Are you annoyed of mouse sensitivity issues in Photoshop?
Don’t worry, because a few quick modifications in your mouse DPI or sensitivity will fix these issues.
Here, you will get to know about how to change Mouse DPI and what Mouse DPI is best for you.
So, let’s get started.
What is Mouse DPI?
DPI is the measurement of Mouse sensitivity in dots per inch which allows you to make the tiniest movements with your mouse and have the cursor move farther.
Mainly gaming mouse have higher DPI, while other mouse have the DPI capability range of about 1600. When you buy a mouse online, you’ll most likely see these DPI numbers in the product specifications page.
For buying gaming Mouse, you should keep in mind that:
The higher the DPI number, the more sensitive your mouse will be
Want to know the best part about a high end gaming mouse?
Many gaming mouse have additional buttons on the mouse itself that can help you adjust the mouse sensitivity without going into the Control Panel.
I often get asked a simple question:
What is CPI in mouse?
The term CPI in case if mouse stands for Count Per Inch which generally means the sensitivity of the mouse and it’s same as DPI.
The products from steel series have such names for better marketing.
Why Should I Change My Mouse DPI?
You’ll need to change your mouse DPI when you need to move your cursor faster or slower for the same movement you do all the time.
You might think, only gamers need DPI adjustment feature.
But that’s not true.
Many Graphic designers, architects, and other people who work on computers can immensely be benefitted by adjusting their mouse sensitivity.
I myself change the mouse DPI while surfing through the internet browser. It becomes a habit when you have awesome features like changing mouse DPI.
You might ask:
What are the advantages of Higher mouse DPI?
Higher mouse DPI lets you move the cursor further more than it usually does for your normal mouse movements.
So, if you are in a shooting game and you need to move the shooting pointer very quickly then you’ll need to increase the DPI of your mouse.
What are the advantages of lower DPI in mouse?
Lower DPI means your cursor will move less for normal movement of your mouse. This feature is useful for the people who are doing precise tasks with their mouse like using in photoshop or sniping in FPS games.
Sometimes, you don’t even know what you are missing until you try something fresh. So let’s get to know how you can change your mouse sensitivity easily.
What DPI Should I Use For Gaming?
It’s good to have a mouse of higher DPI if you are a Gamer. For most of the consumers 6000 DPI should be enough.
But It totally depends on a gamer’s choice whether he needs more DPI or not.
So, the manufacturers keep the option selling expensive gaming mice having DPI over 10,000.
But having the ability to change DPI is obviously a plus point.
On the other hand you won’t need to think much about the lower DPI a mouse can adjust to.
Most gaming mouse comes with the same lowest DPI range which is 200 dots per inch.
Again if you are interested to have better shooting experience in FPS games then check out our separate post on how to change mouse acceleration.
How to change Mouse DPI?
If you have a gaming mouse, Then you can change the DPI of your mouse by pressing the DPI on-the-fly button or DPI button. Otherwise, you’’ have to change it from windows settings (more on that later).
Below are the two methods to change your mouse DPI:
Using DPI on-the-fly or DPI changing button
If you have a mouse that has the DPI on-the-fly button/switch, you can directly change the mouse DPI with that button. For that, you have to;
1. First of all, locate the on-the-fly DPI button on your mouse which is normally on the top of the mouse body right below the scroll wheel.
2. If you are using a gaming mouse then install the controlling app for the mouse. In this app you will find option to set different DPI settings according to your needs.
3.For changing the mouse DPI having a single DPI button, press the button to change DPI. For pressing that button the mouse will cycle through the DPI settings
4. If your mouse has two DPI buttons then one is for increasing and another one is for decreasing the Mouse DPI which I think is more convenient than cycling through the settings.
Easy, isn’t it?!
Some mice provides a notification pop up feature that will tell you what’s the current DPI of your gaming mouse.
But what to do if you don’t have that button on your mouse?
Check the next method.
Change Mouse DPI from Windows Settings
You can also change the mouse DPI in the mouse settings of the Control Panel. I have provided this step for mice that do not have any DPI changing button.
- Go to Control Panel and pick View by Small icons or View by Large icons.
- Click on the Mouse tab to open Mouse Properties.
- Then select Pointer Options tab.
- In the Motion box, you have to drag the slide to select a pointer speed suitable for your mouse.
- You have to make sure you uncheck the box next to Enhance pointer precision.
- Then you need to move the pointer speed bar and hit apply to see if the DPI is suitable for you or not.
- After you find your desire pointer speed, click OK to save changes.
Bonus: If you are in the settings page right now you can see that there’s a hide pointer while typing button.
You can enable it to reduce distraction form your day to day task.
It’s true that everyone does not need or want a higher mouse sensitivity. If you’re used to using your mouse with a low sensitivity, then altering your mouse sensitivity will only confuse you.
If you don’t want to change the mouse sensitivity, there is also a way to enhance your mouse performance.
You can check if your Mouse driver is up to date. This will increase the sensitivity of your mouse.
Still, not everyone needs an amazingly promoted mouse.
So my recommendation would be to figure out what type of mouse you need and set your preferences likewise.