How to fix a mouse cursor that moves by itself in Windows 10

Xiaobai Software  2023-08-30 18: 08  read 57 views

When using a computer, sometimes the cursor seems to move by itself.But don't call an exorcist just yet, there are several reasons why the cursor moves without you moving the mouse.

Let's take a look at some ways to solve this problem on Windows.


1. Check the hardware carefully

Before checking or changing any settings on your laptop or PC, check for any hardware components that may be causing the problem.If you are using a wireless mouse, check the mouse cable, USB port, or remaining battery power.

2. Carefully inspect the surface of the mouse

If the hardware looks fine, check the surface of the mouse.Your desk may have scratches or uneven surfaces.If you are using a mouse pad, it may have become worn, giving the mouse incorrect movement information.

3. Adjust mouse pointer speed

If the mouse pointer speed is set too high, you may feel like the cursor is moving on its own.Here's how to adjust pointer speed:

1. Press Windows Key + I to bring up the Settings menu.

2. Go to Devices > Mouse.

3. Click the Additional Mouse option.

4. Select the Pointer Options tab.

5. Use the slider below to select pointer speed.

6. Click Apply > OK to save the new settings.


4. Change touchpad settings

If you set the sensitivity of your laptop touchpad too high, the cursor will move on light touch.Therefore, you should look at its sensitivity settings.Here's how to change the sensitivity of your laptop's touchpad:

1. Click "Start", then go to "Settings" > "Devices".

2. Select Touchpad from the left menu.

3. Under Click, use the drop-down menu to change the touchpad sensitivity.

Changes will be made in real time, so you can try multiple settings until you find one you like.


If you've connected a mouse to your Windows 10 laptop and find yourself never using the touchpad, you can disable it.

It's worth noting that the cursor may move on its own due to possible dust on the touchpad.If your laptop is a bit dirty, you should clean your laptop and see if that fixes the problem.

5. Disconnect any other devices

Your problem may be caused by a joystick, drawing tablet, or other input device connected to your laptop or PC.Since some of these devices can also control the cursor, conflicts may arise between them competing for power.

You can disconnect all devices and reconnect them one by one to find out which device is causing the problem or temporarily disable them if you don't need them.

6. Run the Windows Hardware Troubleshooter

While Windows 10 doesn't have a mouse-specific troubleshooter, you can use Command Prompt to access the hardware troubleshooter.

The specific method is as follows:

1. Search for "Command Prompt" in the Start menu search bar and select "Run as administrator."

2. Type msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic.

3. Press the Enter key. Windows 10 will now open the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter.

4. Click Advanced > Apply Fixes Automatically.

5. Select "Next".


7. Disable "snapshot" function

When using the installer, tooltip, or configuration tool, if the cursor automatically moves to the default option, the "snapshot" feature is turned on.If you find this annoying and don't want to use the default option every time, you should turn it off.

The specific method is as follows:

1. Right-click on the Start button and go to Settings.

2. Click Devices > Mouse > Pointer Options.

3. Open the Pointer Options tab.

4. Uncheck the "Automatically move pointer to default button in dialog box" option.

5. Click Apply.


8. Update the mouse driver

Sometimes, a mouse's driver becomes outdated or corrupted over time, and you need to download a new driver to get it working properly again.Bad or defective drivers can have a negative impact on your hardware, so it's worth giving them a try.

Retaming the mouse on Windows

If your mouse is getting a little rebellious, it could be due to one of a number of issues.However, once you list these questions one by one, your cursor will hopefully quiet down and stop moving on its own.

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