Which application will make mouse movement exactly like Windows?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Philflow, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. Philflow macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    I'm using Steermouse at the moment but couldn't find the perfect settings.

    Are there settings that will make mouse movement (almost) exactly like Windows?

    Or is there another app I should try.
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    "I'm using Steermouse at the moment but couldn't find the perfect settings.
    Are there settings that will make mouse movement (almost) exactly like Windows?
    Or is there another app I should try."

    You can try as many apps as you want, but you aren't going to get the Mac mouse to move "exactly like Windows", or even "almost".

    The Mac seems to interpret mouse movement in a different way than Windows and your only real option is to "get used to it".

    BTW, having been a Mac user exclusively since 1987, I find the mouse on Windows generally "choppy" and less pleasing to use -- I like the Mac's way of doing it much better.
  3. nefan65 macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2009
    I struggled with this on an MB and MBP. I ended up just using the trackpad. On the newer MBP's it's a dream! The gestures, etc. and tracking are awesome.

    On the iMac, we ended up with a small USB/MS Mouse. Installed out of the box, it tracks well, so no issues. If you're using a BT mouse, then the only option is what you're using now, or try:

    defaults write .GlobalPreferences com.apple.mouse.scaling ?

    The ? is a number to try to your liking. I tried it, but never found the right feel. I'm told that if you use -30000 it's a lot like Windows, but I didn't see it. YMMV?
  4. bf2008 macrumors member

    May 28, 2008
    Sorry, what is this difference you're experiencing, and what's the Windows feel?
    I can't see your point
  5. Philflow thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    I'm used to Windows movement. It's hard to describe the difference.

    I'm now using Steermouse on 1.25 and 300, this is pretty good for me.
  6. BrandoFiasco macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2011
    Santa Monica, California
    I remember when i first started using macs (about 8mos ago) i felt the same way, i didnt like how tracking was dynamic rather than always the same speed/velocity/whatev. But i recommend you just get use to it and pretty soon you wont even notice. I use Windows computers everyday at work and my Mac at home, I dont even notice the change anymore. You'll get use to it.
  7. odinsride macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    USB Overdrive is good.

    Also, you'll get used to it.
  8. brucem91 macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2009
    I used to use USB Overdrive until I bought a logitech mouse that had a mouse driver.


    Look at the two sliders below, I had set speed to almost the far right, and I set Acceleration to almost the far left. Worked perfectly.
  9. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    I used this but when I did I found that double clicking on folders sometimes didn't work, weather it was not responding or was just lagging, either way it took a few trys to actually open a folder sometimes, so I went to steer mouse not had any problems other then the obvious which is trying to find the right settings!
  10. steve-p macrumors 68000


    Oct 14, 2008
    Newbury, UK
    The mouse movement differences are something you get used to, even if you continue to use Windows machines as well. After a while you just subconsciously adjust, so I would say give it a bit of time. I know it can be quite annoying at first though when it behaves slightly differently compared to what you are used to. Neither is better or worse IMO, it's just that you may be used to one and not the other.
  11. takufner macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2011
    I bought my MBP three month ago. In the first two weeks my will was to sell the machine and back to PC right away!!

    The reason: mouse acceleration!!!!!

    Man, the mouse movement was killing me... and because of this, any other difference between mac and PC was just one more reason to kill the mac...

    Then, I saw this post and downloaded USB overdrive.... this was the salvation! I installed it and everything start to flow :).. I started enjoying the mac world, and from that point I could see the new system and the differences started being a good thing.

    But, even with no acceleration, I still feel difference between PC and Mac mouse motion. I still feel that the windows mouse is more responsive and more movement-reliable... but, I can't say the reason!

    I hope that I can get used to it (like you guys are saying), or this could get fixed with osx lion, because I am liking a lot the tool set offered for the OS X.

    Kind regards

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