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I would like to turn off mouse acceleration to begin training my hand for better accuracy and precision in my mouse movements. How can I do this in Ubuntu 10.10?

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Personally I doubt that you will have better experience with acceleration completely turned off. You may need to tune it, but turning it off is gonna be really inconvenient. – ulidtko Feb 13 '11 at 20:27
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@ulidtko: I game a bit from time-to-time (the extra accuracy really matters), and use Ubuntu for everything else. I want consistency in my mouse settings between my Windows and Ubuntu installs. – Matthew Pirocchi Feb 14 '11 at 2:38
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Acceleration is extremely annoying. Even with the slider set to "low" it still annoying as hell, I can't understand why people use it. In windows you can at least just untick a box... – KarlP May 26 '12 at 13:31
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You can simply go to system/preferences/mouse to call up this preferences screen :

mouse preferences

Drag the highlighted option all the way to the left.

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Owh. I wish all options of gpointing-device-settings were incorporated into gnome-mouse-properties. I really miss circular scrolling there. :/ – ulidtko Feb 13 '11 at 20:40
    
Yeah, it's a far better program and I think the idea for Natty might be to have it replace gnome-mouse-properties. Fingers crossed it makes the cut. One less thing for me to install after an install. – Scaine Feb 13 '11 at 20:58
    
I'm on 14.04 LTS and my mouse preferences screen looks completely different and lacks these options besides Primary Button, Double-click speed and simple linear pointer speed. – Dai Mar 28 at 20:31
    
@Dai, yeah, this answer is five years old now and sadly the gnome-simplicity march continues to make life hard for any kind of basic customisation. Incredibly, 5 years later, it's a total pain to turn off mouse acceleration, despite it causing all sorts of problems, particularly in games. Try this answer to see if it solves your issues: askubuntu.com/questions/698961/… – Scaine Apr 6 at 22:12

There is a GUI for this, gpointing-device-settingsInstall Gpointing device settings:

sudo apt-get install gpointing-device-settings 

GPointing Device settings dialog This program has several features missed in the standard gnome-mouse-properties configuration dialog, like advanced touchpad scrolling settings. If all you need is to adjust acceleration settings, use gnome-mouse-properties instead.


If you seek for CLI way, xinput will be to your usage.

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You can make it nice and simple simply by running:

xset m 00

Which will completely turn off mouse acceleration.

!#/bin/bash
xset m 00

Save the file as a .sh script - make it executable with chmod +x filename, add it as a startup program in the Startup Applications program, and you're good to go!

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I find the pointer acceleration extremely annoying. Even when it's set to "low"

This helped me:

http://www.linuxlog.org/?p=107

edit: Setting Device Accel Constant Deceleration to 1.5 gives a slightly faster mouse.

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You saved my life, thanks – HappyDeveloper May 28 '12 at 5:34

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