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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
@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 Feb 14 '11 at 2:38
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

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

This helped me:


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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