Google Might Bring Improvements To Mouse Settings On Chrome OS

Published by Lamin Kanteh on

If your first computer runs the Windows operating system, the switch to Chrome OS might feel like a step back. It is not just the material design that might feel completely different, Chrome OS admittingly does lack features that are somewhat considered basic on Windows.

 One might think building an operating system shouldn’t be much of a problem for Google since the company appears to have the manpower and resources, however, you have to remember that it took Microsoft over three decades to make Windows what it is today.

Google, though a little late in the game, is trying to conceive a platform that not only caters to the same experience as Windows but surpasses it.

In a bid to improve Chrome OS, Google might give users more flexibility by adding the ability to toggle between on and off states for mouse acceleration.

This might seem trivial for some, but allowing users to completely configure the behavior of their mice can immensely contribute to improved overall user experience. 

Let’s face it, not everyone is going to enjoy being stuck with a singular default configuration for something they are going to need to use their devices with but recent movement on the long-dormant report on the Chromium bug page could change that.

First reported on Feb 23, 2016, the issue didn’t somehow make it to Google’s to-do list despite being highly demanded based on the comments on the tread.

But, if a recent post is anything to go by, the feature is making its way to Chrome OS 78 for Canary and Dev.

“Current state for M78 (once this gets into canary/dev).

You can enable this flag “allow-disable-mouse-acceleration” in chrome://flags and it will add an additional toggle on the Mouse/Touchpad page in settings to allow disabling acceleration. As of right now scrolling is still accelerated.

Future release will remove the flag and make the option available for everyone.”

According to this, those on Chrome OS 76 running either Canary or Dev will be able to enable a flag called ‘allow-disable-mouse-acceleration’ doing this will add a toggle in the mouse settings page which would disable mouse acceleration. 

This doesn’t guarantee a full-blown release for all users at least for now. Should it eventually get a full release, the flag will be removed and the toggle will be added to the stable variant of Chrome OS.


Lamin Kanteh

I live, breath, and dream technology. I've only known myself to push the boundaries on what's possible in my mental scope in relation to technology. And having been a writer for the good part of the past three years (covering varying subjects on the major mobile platforms), No place has ever felt more like home than Chrome OS. And as you may know, Chrome OS is ushering us into a future of the unknown and I'm here to help in the process of easing the way into that future via ItsChromeOS.

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