Many Windows 10 users have reported that their mouse pointer or cursor has disappeared. This usually happens when they have just upgraded from previous versions of Windows or woken their computer up from sleep mode.
This is a very annoying problem – and quite scary. You’re probably thinking, “I can’t even use Windows without a mouse! How am I supposed to fix a problem like this without one?”
But don’t panic! It’s possible to fix this problem – even without your mouse. Here are a few fixes you should try:
Fixes to Try
Windows may have disabled your mouse during the upgrade from a previous version or while your computer was in sleep mode. This will make your mouse unusable and your mouse cursor disappear You should re-enable your mouse in order to restore its cursor.
There are two ways you can re-enable your mouse:
A. If you are using a laptop, you should try pressing the key combination on your laptop keyboard that can turn on/off your mouse. Usually, it is the Fn key plus F3, F5, F9 or F11 (it depends on the make of your laptop, and you may need to consult your laptop manual to find it out).
B. You can also enable your mouse in the mouse settings. To do so:
1) Press the Win key on your keyboard, then type “mouse“. When you see “Mouse settings“ appear in the menu above, press the up or down arrow on your keyboard to highlight it, then press Enter.
2) In Mouse settings, press Tab on your keyboard until Additional mouse options (under Related Settings) is highlighted. Press Enter on your keyboard to select it.
3) In the Mouse Properties window, press Tab on your keyboard until the Buttons tab in the window is highlighted (with a dotted border.)
4) Press right arrow key on your keyboard until Device Settings in the window is opened. (The name of this tab could be different, depending on the mouse you use.)
5) If your device is disabled, press Tab on your keyboard until the Enable button is high lighted, and press Enter to enable the device.
6) If this method solves the problem, you will be able to see your mouse pointer again.
Your mouse pointer may disappear if you are using the wrong mouse driver or it’s out of date. So you should update your mouse driver to see if it fixes your problem. If you don’t have the time, patience or skills to update the driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.
Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to be troubled by the wrong driver you would be downloading, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.
You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 steps (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):
1) Download and install Driver Easy.
2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
3) Click the Update button next to the mouse driver to automatically download this driver, then you can manually install it. Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).
Method 3: Repair System Files
Corrupt, damaged, or missing system files can cause various computer issues including mouse malfunction. To see if there’s any critical problem with your system, you can use Restoro to run a complete scan of your system and check the overall status of your device.
Restoro is a specialized Windows repair tool that deals with issues related to system errors and critical system files and fixes them automatically, without losing your personal settings or data. Here’s how to use the tool to repair system files on your PC:
Here’s how to use Restoro to repair system files on your PC:
1) Download and install Restoro.
2) Open Restoro and run a free scan on your PC.
3) Wait for Restoro to scan your PC. This may take a few minutes and you’ll get a detailed report of the issues detected after the scan is finished.
4) Click START REPAIR to start the repair process. This requires the full version – which comes with a 60-day Money-Back Guarantee.
Windows is a very old technology. Sure, Windows 10 is relatively new, but it’s still just the latest iteration of a decades-old operating system, designed for a bygone era (pre-internet).
Now that we have the internet, fast connection speeds, free cloud storage, and endless web apps (like Gmail, Google Docs, Slack, Facebook, Dropbox and Spotify), the entire Windows way of doing things – with locally installed programs and local file storage – is totally outdated.
Why is that a problem? Because when you’re constantly installing uncontrolled third-party programs, you’re constantly opening the door to viruses and other malware. (And Windows’ insecure permission system compounds this problem.)
Plus the way Windows manages installed software and hardware has always been a problem. If your computer shuts down unexpectedly, or a program installs, uninstalls or updates incorrectly, you can get ‘registry’ corruptions. That’s why Windows PCs always slow down and become unstable over time.
Also because everything’s installed and saved locally, it doesn’t take long before you run out of disk space, and your disk gets fragmented, which makes everything even slower and more unstable.
For most people, the simplest way to solve Windows problems is to ditch Windows altogether, and switch to a faster, more reliable, more secure, easier to use and cheaper operating system…
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That means you don’t have virus and malware problems, and your computer doesn’t slow down over time, or become unstable.
And that’s just the start of the benefits…
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