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Is there way to increase the mouse speed in KDE4? I don't want any pointer acceleration, it's just the mouse speed that I want to change.

Edit: Unfortunately, editing the xorg.conf is not an option for me, because I want the users to be able to configure the mouse speed themselves and it is company policy do deny users permission to change the xorg.conf.

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what is the difference between those two? –  Web-E Aug 7 '12 at 12:39
@Web-E Acceleration is the rate at which the velocity changes with time –  Oleh Prypin Aug 7 '12 at 12:40
@Web-E those are 2 different things. –  Bruno Pereira Aug 7 '12 at 13:21

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KDE has not built this into its control center yet, but you can use xinput from the command line. First, run xinput list to find the device number of your mouse:

$ xinput list
⎡ Virtual core pointer                          id=2    [master pointer  (3)]
⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer                id=4    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad                id=10   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎣ Virtual core keyboard                         id=3    [master keyboard (2)]
    ↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard               id=5    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard              id=9    [slave  keyboard (3)]

On my laptop, the device id I want is 10 (SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad). On your system, you will have to decide which device is the correct one. Next, run xinput list-props <your device id> to see the current settings for that device:

$ xinput list-props 10
Device 'SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad':
    Device Enabled (144):   1
    Device Accel Profile (266):     1
    Device Accel Constant Deceleration (267):       2.500000
    Device Accel Adaptive Deceleration (268):       1.000000
    Device Accel Velocity Scaling (269):    12.500000
  [ many more settings omitted ]

The property you are interested in is "Device Accel Constant Deceleration (267)". To slow your mouse down, the value must be increased by running xinput set-prop <your device id> <property id> <value>:

$ xinput set-prop 10 267 5.0

In this example, the value is increased from 2.5 to 5.0 and the mouse moves at half-speed.

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thanks for the reply, IMO it's most useful of the rest –  mvbl fst Jun 18 '13 at 16:08
You just can't set this below 1.0 which still is way too slow in my case. –  pong Sep 28 '13 at 9:00

The terminology of the mouse settings in Linux (Xorg) are slightly different from the windows world.

There are three important settings:

  • threshold - The trigger for acceleration
  • acceleration - The speed after the threshold has been reached
  • resolution - The "speed"

These settings are independent of the Desktop Environment. They are pure X settings. So this always works. See also the mouse section of xset for a truly independent way to change these settings.

The Unity settings manager seems to rename the threshold to sensitivity. But as you are talking about KDE, that should not matter.

Only threshold and acceleration can be changed by the user. The resolution is a setting to be made in xorg.conf. But usually, the first two settings are enough for most users.

Linuxreviews has an explanation of these values.

Basically: The mouse moves at a base speed (modifiable using resolution). If the mouse moves n pixels (n = threshold) in a short time, then the base speed is multiplied with acceleration. As an example, if you want to disable acceleration completely, you can set the threshold to 0. In words: If the mouse moves 0 pixels in a short time, I'll use base-speed * acceleration. So a threshold of 0 gives you constant mouse-speed.

So, these two values give you a very fine grained control over the speed.

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The parameter specifically in question is resolution, which cannot be modified using xset. –  Luke Mar 1 '13 at 21:52

Though I am not very clear on the question here is my suggestion.


A quick search reveals there is no such option to increase mouse speed under threshold value.

Some users suggest changing mouse resolution in /etc/X11/xorg.conf file (mouse InputDevice section) like

Option "Resolution" "400"

But most user said it didn't work.

You can increase the threshold value so that the acceleration doesn't start until the threshold value reaches. (The setting is in Mouse> Advanced Settings)

A related post can be found here.

For Unity

  • Press Super key (windows key).
  • Search for mouse.
  • Select Mouse And Touchpad
  • Now change the sensitivity to higher value. Possibly this is what you want.

    mouse settings

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Okay, this is exactly the setting I am looking for but your screenshot is taken from Gnome and my question is concerning KDE4. –  André Aug 7 '12 at 13:56
Sorry for not checking your question properly. Updated. –  Web-E Aug 7 '12 at 14:23
Wow, thanks! It seems you have put a lot of effort into this. Unfortunately, editing the xorg.conf is not an option, because I want the users to be able to configure the "Resolution"-setting themselves and it is company policy do deny users permission to change the xorg.conf. I will add this restriction to the original comment but upvote your comment nevertheless. –  André Aug 8 '12 at 7:49

Given what the above post had said, I found this work around.

The fact is that the mouse move at a constant multiple of base speed, where the multiple is set by the "acceleration" parameter.

However, this multiplier is applied only after your mouse move faster than a "threshold" speed, specified by the "sensitivity" parameter.

This creates the awkward feel of "acceleration" where if you start to move your mouse fast, it begins to jump around uncontrollably as it moves past the threshold speed.

So what you can do is setting the "sensitivity" to 0, thus making the threshold to be 0. What this does is your acceleration is applied all the time to your mouse speed.

Then your mouse speed is just a multiple of your "acceleration" parameter, and since it is a linear multiplication, you should have a constant speed proportional to the acceleration parameter. Without the feeling of acceleration and jumps.

So in short: Set sensitivity to 0. Adjust the parameter "acceleration" as if it is "speed"

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