How to check the dpi of a mouse

Last Updated: Feb 19, 2024 by

If you’re a gamer or someone who works with graphic design, you know how important it is to have a mouse with the right dpi (dots per inch). A higher dpi means more sensitivity and precision, while a lower dpi means less sensitivity and precision. But how do you check the dpi of your mouse? In this article, we’ll go over the steps to check the dpi of a mouse and how to adjust it if needed.

What is DPI?

Before we dive into how to check the dpi of a mouse, let’s first understand what dpi is. DPI stands for “dots per inch” and refers to the sensitivity of a mouse. It measures how many pixels the cursor moves on the screen for every inch the mouse moves on the mousepad. A higher dpi means the cursor will move more pixels, making it more sensitive and precise. A lower dpi means the cursor will move fewer pixels, making it less sensitive and precise.

Checking the DPI of a Mouse

To check the dpi of your mouse, you’ll need to access the mouse settings on your computer. The steps may vary slightly depending on your operating system, but the general process is the same.

  1. On a Windows computer, click on the Start button and type “mouse settings” in the search bar. On a Mac, click on the Apple icon in the top left corner and select “System Preferences,” then click on “Mouse.”
  2. In the mouse settings, look for a tab or option that says “DPI” or “Sensitivity.” Click on it to view the current dpi setting.
  3. If you can’t find a specific dpi setting, you can also check the mouse’s software or manual for information on its dpi.

Adjusting the DPI of a Mouse

If you find that your mouse’s dpi is too high or too low for your needs, you can adjust it to your desired sensitivity.

  1. In the mouse settings, look for a slider or drop-down menu that allows you to adjust the dpi.
  2. Move the slider or select a different dpi from the drop-down menu to change the sensitivity.
  3. Test out the new dpi by moving your mouse and see if it feels more comfortable for your needs.
  4. If you can’t find a dpi adjustment option in the mouse settings, you may need to download the mouse’s software from the manufacturer’s website to make changes.


Knowing how to check and adjust the dpi of your mouse is essential for gamers and graphic designers. It can greatly improve your precision and accuracy, making your work or gameplay more efficient. If you’re not satisfied with your current mouse’s dpi, consider investing in a new one with adjustable dpi settings to find the perfect sensitivity for your needs.

Have you checked the dpi of your mouse before? Did you find it helpful? Let us know in the comments.

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