Many people are surprised to find that there’s usually a slight adjustment period that accompanies getting a new computer mouse. Indeed, you would expect that replacing something seemingly so innocuous wouldn’t take much getting used to.
However, depending on what you typically use your computer mouse for, it can actually take quite a bit of effort to get accustomed to your new mouse and feel as comfortable using it as you did with your old one.
In spite of that, if you’re wondering how to get used to a new mouse, we’ve put together this quick guide to give you some pointers (no pun intended) on getting the hang of your new hardware as quickly as possible.
How long it takes you to adjust to using a new computer mouse will depend in large part on what you usually use your mouse for.
If you typically just use your computer for casual web browsing or the occasional game of Solitaire, it probably won’t take you much time to get used to using your new peripheral.
On the other hand, if you’re a hardcore computer gamer who is used to the way your old mouse performs, you may struggle a little bit when using a new mouse. It’s quite often this group of users who report the most difficulty in adjusting to new hardware, whether it’s a mouse or a brand new keyboard.
When first using a brand new mouse, there can definitely be an adjustment period getting used to the overall ‘feel’ of the mouse. This is especially true if your previous mouse lasted you for quite some time—anything new will just feel totally alien at first.
Again, this adjustment is usually felt the most by PC gamers, especially if they are trading in a generic computer mouse in favor of a mouse built specifically for gaming. These mice are generally built with ergonomics in mind for maximum comfort while gaming, but the difference in design can be quite a change to adapt to.
When you first start using your new mouse, everything may feel completely off compared to how your old mouse worked. However, by going into the hardware settings and making a few simple tweaks, you can often get your new hardware working just like your old one in no time at all.
You can go in and edit properties like pointer speed, pointer precision, and even more specific settings like double click speed.
Depending on the DPI (dots per inch) of your mouse, the sensitivity may feel slightly off as well. These days many mice have an option to toggle between high and low DPI counts—consider altering these settings as well until you find something that suits you.
This point may seem rather obvious, but sometimes you just have to let time run its course until you get used to your new mouse. With time and practice, it won’t be long until using the new mouse feels just like second nature and you get back into the swing of things.
We’ve seen it happen time and time again. An individual gets a new mouse, isn’t happy with the way it feels on the first day, and considers returning it because it “just doesn’t work well.” All too often, after only a few days of consistent use, these same people grow to appreciate their new mouse quite a bit more compared to the old one!
If you’re looking to adapt to your new mouse as quickly as possible, there’s a couple of different approaches that you might consider trying. We mentioned games like Solitaire at the beginning of this article—consider playing a few games of that over and over until you get the hang of your new mouse speed. Other basic computer games that are similar can work equally as well.
As a final note, sometimes your new mouse just genuinely doesn’t end up being a good fit for you. It doesn’t matter how much you try and adjust, you just can’t get used to it. In these cases, maybe you would be better off trying a different model instead. In that case, we recommend spending a bit of time checking out demo models until you find an option that feels just right for you.
It’s not at all uncommon for a new computer mouse to feel a little awkward to use at first. As with most things, with a little bit of time and practice, and maybe a few tweaked settings, you can very quickly get back into the swing of things with your new mouse.