The mouse speed settings configured in Windows apply to every mouse connected to the computer system. A laptop's touchpad for instance has the same speed settings as a mouse that gets connected to the laptop occasionally. While many computer users do not mind, some may prefer to configure the speed per mouse to improve their workflow.
The free software program Mouse Speed Switcher is able to do that. The application can configure up to three different computer mice individually.
Configuration of each mouse is handled in the main application window that pops up after start. The mouse speed can be configured individually for each mouse with a slider. There is only one additional option, to enhance pointer precision.
There is an additional option to configure hotkeys to quickly switch between mouse speed layouts without having to use the system tray menu. But that's optional. Most users will probably switch between different mice by clicking on the program's tray icon.
The program has no built in option to automatically switch the speed if the user switches the mouse, e.g. from an USB connected mouse to a laptop's trackpad.
Mouse Speed Switcher is an excellent tool for users who need different mouse speeds for different input devices. The application displays a nag screen every now and then, which can be closed immediately when it appears. Users can register the application for €7.50 to get rid of the nag screen.
The download is available at the developer website. It is fully compatible with most Windows operating systems. Mouse Speed Switcher has been tested on a Windows 7 Professional 64-bit system.
Automatic Mouse Switcher is an Open Source alternative for that purpose. As the name suggests, it detects the active mouse or trackpad automatically and switches speeds accordingly.
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