Disable mouse acceleration for Microsoft mouse in Mac OS X

Microsoft mouse

One of the best things about Macbooks is fantastic Apple trackpads. Unfortunately this cannot be said about third party mouse support. Maybe I haven't used Macs for long enough, but I really hate mouse scrolling (and tracking) acceleration. What I want is linear predictable scrolling and tracking, regardless of how fast I'm moving the mouse or scrolling the wheel.

Since I was using Microsoft mouse, the first thing I tried was Microsoft IntelliPoint mouse software for Mac.

Microsoft IntelliPoint

The software recognised my mouse with no issues and clearing "Enable accelerated scrolling" checkbox restored linear scrolling that I was after.

The bad news was that pointer tracking was still suffering from the acceleration "feature". Maybe it was just me, but it actually felt like installing IntelliPoint made tracking acceleration even worse.

After a bit more research I downloaded Smooth Mouse application. 

Mac Smooth Mouse

Setting mouse acceleration to "Off" actually made mouse movements quite jerky, but setting it to "Like in Windows" worked perfectly.

That was it - these two free applications made my external mouse work and behave how I expected it to behave.

If you use non Microsoft mouse, IntelliPoint will probably not work for you. What you could try is USB Overdrive software. It was next on my list, but since I achieved what I wanted with above free applications, I haven't tested it. Full version costs around £14, but you can try it for free to make sure it does what you need.

Macbook Pro
Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10)
Microsoft OEM Optical Mouse


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