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How to calibrate your Xbox 360 Controller for Windows

Calibrate the controller

When you perform a calibration, you set the range of motion for the axes of the controller. You don't have to calibrate the controller unless you want to customize the range of motion of the axes.

To calibrate the Xbox 360 Controller for Windows, plug your controller into one of your computer’s USB ports and follow these steps.

  1. Open the Game Controllers window:
    1. In Windows 10, type joy.cpl in the Search box, and then select the joy.cpl result to bring up the Game Controllers window.
    2. In Windows 8.1, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then select Search. Type joy.cpl, and then select Game Controllers in the search results.
    3. In Windows 7, select Start. In the Search programs and files box, type joy.cpl, and then select the Game Controllers icon when it appears.
  2. In the Game Controllers window, select XNA Gamepad, and then select Properties.
  3. Select the Settings tab, and then select Calibrate.
  4. Follow the steps in the Device Calibration Wizard.

    Important When you're prompted to use the directional pad (D-pad), use the left stick instead. If you use the D-pad, the left stick configuration may be incorrect.

  5. To save the new calibration settings, select Finish, and then select Apply.
  6. Test the operation of the controller. If you're satisfied with the new settings, select OK, and then select OK again.

    If you're not satisfied, select Settings, and then select Reset to defaults. When you select Reset to defaults, the device controls are reset to the default settings that are obtained from the device.

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