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Best mouse and keyboard settings for Modern Warfare 2: Sensitivity, keybinds, consoles, more

Modern Warfare 2 offers players a ton of mouse and keyboard options to customize, so here are the best settings no matter your platform.



Hutch Operator sniping in Modern Warfare 2

Many Call of Duty players prefer using a mouse and keyboard as it allows for more precision when aiming. Modern Warfare 2 brings a ton of mouse and keyboard options and keybinds to tweak so no matter if you’re on PC, Xbox, or PlayStation, here are the best mouse and keyboard settings.

Modern Warfare 2 releases October 28, and with the beta allowing players to test several of the maps, weapons, Gunsmith system, and modes, the community is ready for the release.

In preparation for launch, players may want to know the best console FOV and controller settings. For those on mouse and keyboard, you’ll also want to optimize your settings, especially as Modern Warfare 2 allows players to plug in a mouse and keyboard no matter their platform.

Modern Warfare 2 brings a ton of customization options for mouse and keyboard so we’re breaking down the best settings including sensitivity, keybinds, and how to use mouse and keyboard on consoles.

How to find best mouse sensitivity in Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 mouse keyboard sensitivity settings page

With your mouse plugged in, ensure that Modern Warfare 2’s ‘Aiming Input Device’ setting is set to Mouse. Then, to find the best mouse sensitivity, you should hop into either a regular or Private Match and find what feels most comfortable for you.

A general rule of thumb is that dragging your mouse from one side of the pad to the other will result in a 360-degree turn, but this doesn’t suit everyone and their DPI (basically your mouse’s overall sensitivity).

Just try a few different sensitivity settings and find what feels best for you — unfortunately, there’s no be-all and end-all best sensitivity for everyone.

Best Modern Warfare 2 Mouse settings

  • Mouse Sensitivity: 6 (use the tips above to find what’s best for you)
  • Aim Down Sight Sensitivity: 1.0
  • Custom Sensitivity Per Zoom: Off
  • Vertical Aim Axis: Standard
  • Mouse Calibration:
    • Mouse Acceleration: 0
    • Mouse Filtering: 0
    • Mouse Smoothing: Off
    • Mouse Wheel Delay: 80

As we explained above, there’s really no Mouse Sensitivity that’s perfect for everyone. We’ve left the Custom Sensitivity Per Zoom settings as default, but feel free to tweak the values if you’d prefer a different sensitivity when using a Sniper Rifle, for example.

Best Modern Warfare 2 Gameplay settings

Movement Behaviors

  • Crouch Behavior: Toggle
  • Prone Behavior: Toggle
  • Sprint/Tactical Sprint Behavior:
  • Automatic Sprint: Toggle
  • Tactical Sprint Behavior: Double Tap
  • Automatic Airborne Mantle: Off
  • Share Slide and Dive Inputs: Independent
  • Movement Advanced Settings:
    • Walk Behavior: Hold
    • Walk Speed: 25
    • Plunging Underwater: Plunge Freely
    • Sprinting Door Bash: On
    • Grounded Mantle: Off
    • Automatic Ground Mantle: Off
    • Invert Slide and Dive Behavior: Standard
    • Parachute Auto-Deploy: Off
    • Change Camera Side Shared Input: Sprint/Tactical Sprint/Focus
    • Look Keys Sensitivity Horizontal: 1
    • Look Keys Sensitivity Vertical: 1

Combat Behaviors

  • Aim Down Sight Behavior: Hold
  • Change Zoom Shared Input: Sprint/Tactical Sprint/Focus
  • Focus Behavior: N/A
  • Equipment Behavior: Hold
  • Interact Behavior: Press
  • Weapon Mount Activation: ADS + Melee
  • Armor Plate Behavior: Apply All
  • Combat Advanced Settings:
    • ADS Interruption Behavior: Resume
    • Depleted Ammo Weapon Switch: On
    • Weapon Switch Wrap-Around: On
    • Weapon Mount Movement Exit: On
    • Weapon Mount Exit Delay: Short
    • Quick C4 Detonation: On
    • Killstreaks Reordering: Numerical Order

Vehicle Behaviors:

  • Vehicle Camera Recenter: Default
  • Free Look Activation: Always Enabled
  • Camera Initial Position: Behind Vehicle

Overlays Behaviors:

  • Mode Specific Overlays
    • Backpack/Loadout Behavior: Toggle
    • Scoreboard Behavior: Hold
    • Map Behavior: N/A
    • Backpack Mouse Cursor: On
    • Scoreboard Mouse Cursor: Off
    • Map Cursor: On
  • Danger Ping Behavior: Double Tap
  • Double Tap Danger Ping Delay: Short
  • Ping Wheel Delay: Short

Best Modern Warfare 2 Keybinds for mouse and keyboard

Farah Operator in Modern Warfare 2

Movement Keybinds

  • Move Forward: W
  • Move Backward: S
  • Move Left: A
  • Move Right: D
  • Interact: E
  • Jump/Stand/Mantle: Space Bar
  • Prone: Z
  • Change Stance/Slide: N/A
  • Crouch/Slide: CTRL
  • Sprint/Tactical Sprint/Focus: Shift
  • Movement Advanced Keybinds: Default

Combat Keybinds

  • Fire Weapon: Left Mouse Button
  • Aim Down Sight: Right Mouse Button
  • Reload: R
  • Next Weapon: 2 or Mouse Wheel Down
  • Weapon Mount: ADS + Melee
  • Melee: F
  • Lethal Equipment: F
  • Tactical Equipment: Q
  • Field Upgrade: X
  • Armor Plate Drop Item: G
  • Combat Advanced Keybinds:
    • Weapon Inspect: I
    • Alternate Fire: B
    • Focus: N/A
    • Change Zoom/Toggle Hybrid: N/A
    • Previous Weapon: 1 or Mouse Wheel Up
    • Switch to First Weapon: N/A
    • Switch to Second Weapon: N/A
    • Detonate C4: N/A
    • Night Vision Goggles: N
    • Mission Ability 1: 4
    • Mission Ability 2: 5
    • Killstreak 1: 3
    • Killstreak 2: 4
    • Killstreak 3: 5
    • Killstreak 4 (extra): 6
    • Killstreak Wheel: K

Vehicle Keybinds

  • Vehicle Advanced Keybinds: Default

Overlays Keybinds

  • Show Scores: TAB
  • Show Map: Caps or M
  • Ping: Middle Mouse button
  • Ping Wheel: Alt
  • Danger Ping: N/A
  • Change to Loadout 1, 2, 3 etc: Default

Menu Keybinds

  • Voice Chat (Push to Talk): V
  • Settings Menu: F3
  • Social Menu: F2 or O
  • Menu Advanced Keybinds: Default

How to play Modern Warfare 2 with a mouse and keyboard on Xbox & PlayStation

Sa'id Ground War map Modern Warfare 2

Don’t worry if you’re playing Modern Warfare 2 on a console as the Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 all have keyboard and mouse support.

If you want the precision a mouse and keyboard offers while playing on console, here’s how to play Modern Warfare 2 with mouse and keyboard on Xbox and PlayStation.

How to use mouse and keyboard on Xbox consoles

  1. Turn on your Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S
  2. Plug your mouse and keyboard into the Xbox’s USB ports
  3. Wait for the Xbox to recognize the mouse and keyboard
  4. Use the controller to navigate the menus
  5. Select Profiles & system > Settings > Devices & connections
  6. From here, you can set up your mouse and keyboard
  7. Launch Modern Warfare 2
  8. Ensure the Aiming Input Device setting is set to Mouse

How to use mouse and keyboard on PlayStation consoles

  1. Turn on your PlayStation 4 or PS5
  2. Plug your mouse and keyboard into the PlayStation’s USB ports
  3. Wait for the PlayStation to recognize the mouse and keyboard
  4. Launch Settings and head to Devices
  5. From here, fine-tune your mouse and keyboard settings
  6. Launch Modern Warfare 2
  7. Ensure the Aiming Input Device setting is set to Mouse

If you’re jumping into Modern Warfare 2 on October 28, make sure to also check out the best PC settings for the game and how Weapon Tuning works.

Image Credit: Activision / Infinity Ward