A Description of Enhance Pointer Precision

Enhance Pointer Precision (sometimes called Enhanced Pointer Precision for the uninitiated) is a feaure which is enabled by default in all Windows computers and simply put, it’s a form of mouse acceleration.  Dependant on what you use your PC for and what programs you use can vary on how useful this feature really is.

This article will help you understand exactly what Windows Enhance Pointer Precision is, whether you should use it and also the benefits and disadvantages when it’s enabled.

When using your mouse it’s really only the DPI of your mouse and the distance that you’ve moved the mouse that has any bearing on how the cursor moves.  With Enhance Pointer Precision it’s not only the DPI and the amount you move the mouse but now also at what speed your mouse is moved.  This is, at it’s very basic setting, mouse acceleration.

This may seem like it shouldn’t matter but it can make all the difference, especially if this is enabled during gaming as control of the mouse whilst you have Enhance Pointer Precision enabled can be innacurate.

What Does Enhance Pointer Precision Do?

An example: Without Enhance Pointer Precision enabled you can move your mouse an inch and it would always move the cursor the same distance regardless of how fast that inch was covered.  Now imagine that you have Enhance Pointer Precision enabled.  Dependant on how fast or slow the mouse is moved is wholly dependant on where your cursor will stop, irrelevant of what distance your mouser is moved.  If you moved the same inch slower then the cursor distance travelled would be much lower than if the mouse was moved much faster over the same distance.

Why Is this Feature On By Default?

Windows automatically keeps this feature on until you decide to disable it.  There is a good reason for this, not great for gaming but good for the general office user.

Most computer users don’t use their PC for gaming, they will use it for standard web browsing and office work.  The same goes for the mouse that they own.  They won’t have expensive gaming mice with on-the-fly DPI controls, they’ll have cheap mice with a fixed, often low, DPI.

Enhance Pointer Precision ultimately gives the standard user better accuracy in slow movements and reduces the amount of drag time needed for a standard mouse cursor to travel accross the screen.  As a side note, it’s also particularly useful in laptop touchpads where you can move your finger faster or slower.

Is Enhance Pointer Precision Good or Bad?

Whether the feature is useful to you or not depends wholly on what you choose to use your computer for and the hardware that you’re using with it.  As Enhance Pointer Precision doesn’t have a linear increase across the board it is hard for it to be completely accurate, especially for gamers as even the slightest movemnt in mouse speed can exponentially increase the cursor speed.  This could be the difference between winning and losing, especially in FPS games.

You can find the best DPI settings to use for FPS games in this article.

With it disabled it is better for a gamer as you will build muscle memory and know exactly where the cursor will fall when you move the mouse a certain distance with a set DPI.  You can’t build this muscle memory with Enhance Pointer Precision enabled.  It’s near impossible to predict and manage the consistency of the speed that you’re moving the mouse to a degree you’ll need for gaming.

Outcome – Enhance Pointer Precision Gaming

Generally it seems that gamers with half-decent mice prefer to disable Enhance Pointer Precision as they have aquired the muscle memory needed for gaming.  Whereas general computer users for office and normal home use, and not gaming, keep it on, partly because they don’t realise it’s enabled and it’s all they’re used to and partly because they don’t have that need for ultra accuracy and precision like gamers do.

How To Turn Off Mouse Acceleration by Enhance Pointer Precision

Luckily disabling and enabling Enhance Pointer Precision, and in turn mouse acceleration,  is an easy process that can be completed in a few easy steps as outlined below.

Go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Mouse.  On Windows 10 systems you can also go to Settings > Devices > Mouse >Addition mouse options.  Click on the “Pointer Options” tab, toggle “Enhance pointer precision” on or off. Click “Apply” and then “OK” to save your changes.

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