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How to Fix a Disappearing Mouse Pointer on Windows 10

by Roveen

There is nothing quite as frustrating as trying to click on something or move the cursor to a different place to select something only to find the cursor has gone missing.

Brilliant as our computers are, they are often prone to minor errors which can range from frustrating to downright enraging. A disappearing cursor is among the frustrating issues, but when it becomes persistent, it can make working harder and, thus, become enraging.

Here, then, is how to fix the issue of Disappearing mouse pointer:

Using external Mouse

If you are using a wired mouse on your computer, then simply unplugging the mouse and plugging it back in can solve the problem. If it doesn’t, then plug it into a different USB port.

For a wireless mouse, remove the USB dongle from the USB port, then turn off the mouse. Then, insert the dongle back into the USB port and wait up to a minute before switching the mouse back on. This should solve the issue.

Touchscreen devices

If you have a 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop, then perhaps the cursor might have disappeared due to the laptop being in tablet mode.

So, using touch, go to the Notification Center icon (Bottom right). Look for the Tablet Mode option. If it is blue, press to grey. That will turn off the Tablet Mode and, hopefully, make the cursor reappear.

Do a Windows Hardware and devices Troubleshooter.

You can try to fix the issue by using Windows in-built troubleshooting tools. Here is how to do it:

  1. Press the Windows Key, then go to Settings.
  2. Since you don’t have a cursor, you will use the arrow keys to scroll down to Settings and then select using Enter.
  3. Then, type Troubleshoot in the search box. Once again, use arrow keys to navigate to it and the Enter to select.
  4. It will open another window on which you will use the Tab button to move to options on the right.
  5. Using the arrow keys again, navigate to Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter. Select this with Enter.
  6. Then, select a tab to select Run the Troubleshooter and then press Enter.
  7. This will find and fix issues with hardware devices, including the mouse and cursor issues.

Some more tips in fixing the issue can be found here and here. You don’t need to get stuck if your cursor decides to bail on you.



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