Most of the time the settings Apple gives Mac users are for our own good and work just fine, but there are times when a little more customization and control is desired. That’s the case for those of us who find Apple’s mouse and trackpad settings to be a little on the anemic side.
There’s a better way and it’s free.
Accelerate Your Mac
No matter what size your Mac’s screen, having the screen pointer move to match the screen and your wrist motion can be improved with the right app.
Add Smooth Cursor to your Mac and control and customize the acceleration settings of both mouse and trackpad separately.
Why would you want to do that? Smooth Cursor makes the screen pointer move more effortlessly, either quicker and slower (depending upon your preferences) with less wrist motion.
Once you set it to match your screen and your motion, it’s mostly forget it, but Smooth Cursor has a few other options worth noting.
There’s an enforce mode to keep your settings the same even when other apps want to exercise control acceleration.
Settings are enabled and disabled from the Mac’s Menubar.
You’ll need to use a little trial and error to get the mouse acceleration and trackpad acceleration just right.
Simply move the slider bars for each, left or right, and try moving the screen pointer until settings are just right.
Any Mac user who sits in front of the screen and chases the screen pointer around all day will understand the need for more granular control of the pointer’s fluidity.
That makes it easier to move the screen pointer quickly across a large Mac screen, or prevent it from jamming into the side of the screen on a small MacBook screen.
What I don’t understand is why Apple doesn’t provide more detailed control of the Mac’s basic pointing device.