Where the heck has the mouse cursor disappeared?
These are of the first words of several Windows users who have just upgraded to Windows 10 from a previous Windows version.
What happens is that mouse cursor vanishes from the screen after the update. This mouse-disappearing problem can arise after you wake the computer from the sleep mode.
Irritating and baffling as this problem looks, thankfully it is easily resolvable—and we’ll show you how.
In this post, we have listed two solutions that have worked for Windows users in the past. We recommend you try them because there’s a good chance either of them might work for you.
First Solution: Re-enable the mouse
It is possible that your mouse might have got disabled by mistake when you performed the upgrade or while Windows was in the sleep mode. When this happens, mouse cursor disappears, making the mouse unusable.
To solve the issue, re-enable the mouse. You can do this in two ways, both of which are discussed below.
Laptop users can try the key combination to turn on or turn off their mouse. While this combination can vary from one laptop to another, usually it is Fn+F3 or Fn+F5 or Fn+F9 or Fn+F11.
In case none of these work, we recommend you to contact your laptop manufacturer for guidance. However, before you do that, it will be a good idea to browse through the laptop manual. It is quite possible that it might contain the necessary information, obviating the need to contact the laptop manufacturer.
The other step is to open mouse settings and enable the mouse. Here are the steps to follow:
- Press Win key and type mouse to access Mouse settings
- Select it and press Enter
- Now press Tab till you see Additional mouse settings is highlighted. It will appear in Related Settings. Once Additional mouse settings is highlighted, you need to press Enter.
- Now a window called Mouse Properties will open. Continue pressing the Tab button in the keyboard till Buttons tab gets highlighted
- Use the right key arrow present in the keyboard till Device Settings window opens (It is possible that this tab has a different name in your computer. The name of this tab depends solely on the mouse type.)
- If you see that the device is marked as disabled, use the Tab key present on your keyboard till Enable button gets highlighted. Now simply press Enter
- Restart windows and see if the problem is solved
Second Solution – Update Mouse Device Drivers
An incorrect, outdated, or corrupt mouse driver can also cause the problem. In such a case, you’ll need to update the mouse device driver.
You can update the mouse driver manually as well as automatically using a driver update tool. The second method is more convenient and quicker. Also it doesn’t require any kind of technical knowledge.
However, for your knowledge, we’ve listed the manual step also.
Update Mouse Driver Manually
Here are the steps to follow.
- Click Win+R to open the run dialog box
- Type devmgmt.msc in the run dialog box to open the device manager
- Browse through the list of installed devices till you see Mice and pointer devices and double-click it
- Select the installed mouse, right-click it and select Update Driver Software
- Now click the second option, Browse my computer for driver software
- Here click Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer
- Click the Next button
- Pick the relevant driver from the list and follow onscreen prompts
- Restart Windows so that these changes can take effect
- Check if the issue is resolved
If this step is unable to update your driver, you can go to the mouse manufacturer’s website, search for the latest driver compatible with your PC to download it. Once you’ve downloaded the driver executable file, browse to the location where file is located, double-click the executable file and follow onscreen prompts to install the driver. You’ll need to restart windows for the new changes to take effect. Now check if the problem is resolved.
Update Mouse Driver Automatically
If you don’t want to go through all this trouble or don’t have sufficient computer knowledge, simply download a reliable driver software tool, such as DriverDownloader. It will update all your device drivers at a click of the button.
Click the green button below to download DriverDownloader.
green button download link
After downloading it, install the software by clicking the executable file. You can install and run the software without paying anything. You’ll get a free driver report when you run the software.
However, to update your mouse device driver and other device drivers, you must register the software. It comes with a no-questions asked 30-day money-back guarantee. If you’re a registered user, you can also contact customer support if you have an question regarding the software.