Issue: How to Fix Disappearing Cursor Issue in Windows 10?
Hello. Today I logged into my computer that is running Windows 10, and unfortunately, the cursor did not appear on the screen. How am I supposed to navigate and control the computer now? I can’t even solve the issue. Can you provide a fix for disappearing mouse issue?
The computer mouse is definitely a number one navigation tool that is essential when using a computer. However, some Windows 10 users have reported an issue with the mouse – the cursor disappears all of a sudden and consequently it becomes nearly impossible to use the PC.
Just like any other problem associated with Windows operating system, there can be several reasons why the disappearing cursor problem occurs. In this post, we will provide you many different ways to fix this issue. Try them to see if the issue goes away. You will have to navigate through your computer using keyboard keys – it is a much slower method of navigation, but in case your cursor disappeared, you have no better option to choose from. Before trying methods listed below, try to unplug and then plug the mouse back into your PC.
Fix Cursor Disappearing Issue on Windows 10
Method 1. Reboot your PC
Sometimes, all that it takes to fix a certain Windows issue is simply to restart the operating system. However, since you cannot use your mouse, you have to follow these steps:
- Press Windows key + X at the same time.
- Use your arrow keys to select Shut down or sign out. Do not hit Enter yet! Now, click the right arrow key and then choose Restart. Now you can hit Enter.
- Wait until your PC reboots and try to move your mouse to see if the cursor appears on the screen.
Method 2. Check if you did not turn off the pointer via keyboard
If your computer screen is empty and you can see the desktop, hit the F5 key once. Usually, it helps to enable the mouse pointer. You can also try Fn + F5, Fn + F9 (typically works on Asus) or Fn + F7 (works on Acer PCs).
Method 3. Enable the mouse
- Press down Windows key and R. In the Run window, type in main.cpl and press Enter.
- This should open Mouse Properties. Using arrow keys and TAB key, navigate to the Device Settings tab.
- Press TAB repetitiously until the dotted square appears on Enable button. Press Enter.
Method 4. Modify Pointer Options
- Launch the Run prompt by holding Windows key + R at the same time.
- Type main.cpl, press Enter.
- Using arrow keys and Tab key, reach Pointer Options tab and click Enter to open it.
- Press Tab key as many times as it takes you to reach Enhance pointer precision option. Deselect this option with Enter key.
- Navigate to Display pointer trails using the same Tab key. Use Enter key to enable this option.
- Now, use the same technique to uncheck Hide pointer while typing option.
- Finally, check Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key.
- Navigate to Apply, and then press Enter.
- Restart the system using technique explained in the method 1.
Method 5. Update drivers to fix the disappearing cursor issue
- Press down Windows key + R.
- In the Run prompt, enter devmgmt.msc and hit Enter.
- Navigate through the list using Up and Down arrows. You may also need to use Tab key to navigate. Go to Mice and other pointing devices and then press the right arrow key.
- Then press Down arrow key to access a sub menu. Select your mouse device.
- Press down Shift and also F10 key at the same time.
- Use arrow keys to reach Properties menu. Press Enter.
- Now, use Tab key and press it as many times as it takes to reach the General tab.
- Use right arrow key to access Driver tab. Press Enter or Tab to open it.
- Press Tab key again as many times as it takes to select Update Driver… button. Press Enter.
- Using arrow keys, select the Search automatically for updated driver software option and hit Enter.
- Check if your cursor is still missing. In case there are no new updates, or they do not work, select Cancel button and press Enter.
- In the Properties window, see if the Roll Back Driver… is available. If it is, navigate to it using your keyboard keys and press Enter.
- Up and Down keys should be used to select the reason. Click Enter to confirm. Activate the Yes button to save.
If none of these method work, check if your mouse isn’t broken – try plugging it into another device. You might need to replace it. If you do not want your mouse to bother you in the future, we suggest using a computer maintenance tool like Reimage to prevent such problems in advance.
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