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How To Fix Mouse Cursor Not Showing

✎ Key Points:

» You can address the issue of a non-responsive mouse cursor by accessing the “Mouse settings” from the “Start” menu, proceeding to “Additional Mouse Settings,” and within the “Mouse Properties” box, disabling the “Hide Pointer While Typing” option under “Pointer Options.”
» You can use the “Keyboard Arrow keys” to navigate and update the mouse driver. Access “Device Manager” through the “Start” menu, navigate to “Mice and other pointing devices,” select your input device, press “Shift + F10” for update options, and choose “Update Driver” by pressing the “Enter” key.

How to Fix if Mouse Cursor Not Showing:

To fix the mouse cursor issue if it’s not working, follow the methods below:

1. Disable Hide Pointer While Typing

If the mouse cursor is not showing up on the desktop screen, this means you might have enabled the > “Hide Pointer While Typing”. To make the mouse cursor visible on the screen, you need to disable it.

To disable the “Hide Pointer While Typing”, follow the steps:

Step 1: On your laptop or PC, open > the “Start” menu.


Step 2: On the search bar, find Mouse settings and select it from the result list.

Mouse settings

Step 3: Now, under the “Related settings” section, select > “Addition mouse settings” and open it.

Addition Mouse Settings

Step 4: “Mouse Properties” box will pop up on the screen. Now, from the options, go to “Pointer Options” and disable the “Hide pointer while typing” option. That’s all to disable the “Hide pointer while typing” option.

Pointer Options

2. Restart Your Computer

Restarting your computer or laptop can fix your mouse cursor problem. Many a time because of an update or a technical glitch, the device does not function properly.

However, after a reboot or restart, it starts functioning smoothly like before.
Hence, restart your computer or laptop and check whether the cursor problem was resolved or not.

3. Try Another Mouse

If the mouse cursor is not working, this clearly means there is something wrong either with the USB port of the mouse or inside the mouse.

To check and confirm this, try connecting another mouse to your laptop or computer.

If the cursors showed up after connecting another mouse, then the issue is with the mouse only, and if not, then the issue is with your system.

4. Update Mouse Firmware or Software

To update the Mouse Firmware or software, follow the steps:

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: On your keyboard, press the > “Start” key and type “Device Manager”.

Now, since your mouse is not working, use “Keyboard Arrow Keys” to move up and down on the options list and “Enter” to select.

Step 2: From the list of results, select and open > “Device Manager”. Press the “down arrow key” and then hit Enter key.

Device Manager

Step 3: Thereafter, first press the “Tab” key and then using the “down arrow key”, go to “Mice and other pointing devices”.

down arrow key

Step 4: Next, press > ‘Right arrow key’ to open the options under “Mice and other pointing devices”.

Step 5: Press > “Down arrow key” and select your input device/driver.


Step 6: Now, press > “Shift + F10” for update options.

Step 7: From the list, go to > “Update Driver” using the ‘down arrow key’ and then press > “Enter” key.

Update Driver

Step 8: Again for “Search automatically for drivers”, press > the “Enter” key, and the system will check whether your driver needs an update or it is already up to date.

Search automatically for driver

Step 9: On the screen, the result will appear. If needs an update, press the “Enter” key, and if it is already installed and up to date then, press > the “ESC” key. Your problem will be resolved.

Why is the Mouse cursor not Showing:

The following can be pre-eminent reasons for the mouse cursor if it’s not showing on the screen:

1. USB Port Damaged for External Mouse

In a USB cable, there is a total of 4 wires and each is important for the proper functioning of the mouse. If by chance any wire got broken or damaged, the mouse would not work properly.

In short, a damaged USB port can be a reason for the external mouse not functioning efficiently because which cursor is not showing up on the desktop screen.

To check, whether the problem is with the mouse or not, try another mouse with a fine USB port, or else if you do not have another mouse, then try connecting this mouse to another system.

2. Update is Running in Background

In today’s computers and laptops with Windows 10 & 11 operating systems, every second day you will witness a new update. Also, nowadays 80% of people set their systems on auto-update. And the device is so smart that it won’t come in between your work but rather starts updating in the background.

However, sometimes when the update is running in the background, it affects other functions for a while. This can be the reason for the cursor not showing and the mouse not working.

This usually happens when an update is about to be complete and the systems want some time to adapt it. If this is the problem, then there is only one solution to fix, that is, to wait for the update to complete. It will hardly take 10 to 15 minutes and after that, you will be able to work normally.

3. Mouse is not Functioning

If the cursor is not showing on the screen, then it directly means there is something wrong with the mouse. Because as such there is no solid reason other than damage inside the mouse or in the cable for the cursor not visible on the desktop screen.
To confirm this, check whether the “light” of the mouse is ON or not. Also, if you have then check with another system like another laptop or PC.

4. In the case of the Laptop: Touchpad is Locked

In the case of the laptop, if the touchpad is locked then the cursor won’t appear on the screen.

Check whether your laptop’s touchpad is ON or OFF. To check the status of your touchpad, follow the steps:

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Connect an external mouse to your laptop.

Step 2: Go to the “Settings” tab of your laptop.


Step 3: Next, click and open > “Bluetooth & devices”.

Bluetooth & Devices

Step 4: Scroll the options menu and select > “Touchpad”.


Step 5: Over there, check whether the ‘Touchpad’ is ON or OFF.

Step 6: If OFF, tap, and turn On the Touchpad.

Turn Off touchpad
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