How can i increase mouse sensitivity in Skyrim?

  • on the main menu the mouse cursor is sluggish
  • in-game mouse sensitivity is too low

Things i've tried:

  • increasing Look Sensitivity in-game:

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  • In my SkyrimPrefs.ini file:

    • Increasing [Controls]\fMouseHeadingSensitivity from 0.0125 to 1.0500
    • Adding [Controls]\fMouseHeadingXScale = 1.0500
    • Adding [Controls]\fMouseHeadingYScale = 1.0500
    • Turning off mouse acceleration: Changing [Controls]\bMouseAcceleration from 1 to 0
    • Turning off v-sync: Adding [Display]\iPresentInterval = 0
  • Changing Detail in the launcher to Low from auto-detected Ultra enter image description here

  • Running in Windowed mode enter image description here
  • Turning off Steam's Overlay UI: enter image description here
  • Increasing my mouse pointer speed in Windows enter image description here

Note: My question is different from How can I sync vertical/horizontal mouse sensitivities?, which looks to make the poor mouse sensitivity equal in both directions. i want not poor mouse sensitivity.

Note: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\skyrim\Skyrim\SkyrimPrefs.ini"

Note: And restarting Skyrim after each change.

Note: Including details of what i've tried are only presented to shut people up who bitch about a "lack of research effort". i should be able to ask my question with explanation, justification, or research. Also people love screenshots - it draws them in like moths.

See also

  • This question is relevant to my interests. I did all of this, as well as turning off mouse acceleration. The DPI on my G500 is maxed out at 2500 right now, and it still requires a ton of arm movement and lifting up the mouse just to turn around. :( Have you tried capping the framerate at 30fps? I've heard that worked for some people. I'm trying to find the method and I'll update this post when I do.
    – Lish
    Commented Nov 11, 2011 at 17:40
  • did you try to increase cursor speed in you (OS) config panel? Commented Nov 11, 2011 at 17:56
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    I need to know the opposite myself. When in the menu, the mouse is too sensitive and I've tried adjusting mouse sensitivity via control panel.
    – user14014
    Commented Nov 11, 2011 at 19:38

1 Answer 1


The suggested SkyrimPrefs.ini i was using was the wrong one.

Using Process Monitor i was able to figure out that the correct one is:

%USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\SkyrimPrefs.ini


C:\Users\Ian\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\SkyrimPrefs.ini

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Changing [Controls]\fMouseHeadingSensitivity to

fMouseHeadingSensitivity=0.1250  (new)
fMouseHeadingSensitivity=0.0125  (old)

did the trick.

  • Perfect information!! Commented Nov 15, 2011 at 2:49
  • This worked great for me in game. In the main menu the mouse is still TERRIBLY slow. Any ideas on how I might fix it?
    – dborba
    Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 3:55
  • @dborba There i cannot help you; i feel your pain.
    – Ian Boyd
    Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 12:34
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    I was having this issue and thought I was going crazy when after a day of playing I'd tried most of the things documented in your question, even changed my wireless mouse batteries, and nothing worked. My existing value was fMouseHeadingSensitivity=0.0500, I think, but the new value you suggest still worked well for me. Thank you so much for the clear writeup. (I found the post from Google when I wasn't logged in while gaming, and it was a huge help.)
    – aedia λ
    Commented Nov 22, 2011 at 16:03
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    @aediaλ In the SkyrimPrefs.ini file, under [Interface] there is the line: fMouseCursorSpeed=1.0000 Change that value to whatever you want, and ta da! Your mouse should be faster in the menus!
    – user17247
    Commented Dec 28, 2011 at 7:03

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