How to Resolve Cursor Freezes/Stuck in Windows 10 PC

If you are using Windows 10 and your cursor freezes or sticks while you are playing or working, this guide will help you.

Windows 10 has a built-in feature that makes the cursor disappear when you type. This feature is very useful if you are using a Windows 10 laptop because when the cursor is active, it jumps around if you accidentally touch it while typing.

By following the instructions below, you can solve cursor problems and learn how to properly use cursor functions and what causes them.

Causes of the cursor freezing/sticking

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Many users report that the cursor gets stuck on the screen in Windows 10 – usually on laptops and notebooks after upgrading to Windows 10. The update overwrites existing drivers, so the drivers may be no longer compatible with the touchpad, causing the cursor to get stuck on the screen.

However, this is a rare case, and there are several other possibilities for the cursor to stop moving. This guide will tell you how to solve this problem.

How to solve the problem of your mouse pointer freezing or getting stuck?

Make sure that Windows is up to date

  1. Press the Windows + I keys, then select Update and Security.
  2. Then click Check for updates and make sure you’ve installed all pending updates.
  3. After installing the updates, restart your computer.

Reinstall the mouse driver

  1. Press the Windows + X key, then select Control Panel.
  2. In the Device Manager window, expand Mice and other pointing devices.
  3. Select the mouse device and press Enter to open the Device Properties.
  4. Click the Drivers tab, select Uninstall, then press Enter.
  5. When prompted to confirm, select Yes.
  6. Restart your computer to save your changes.
  7. Windows will automatically install the default drivers for your mouse.

Launch the device troubleshooter

  1. Open the Control Panel again by pressing the Windows + X keys.
  2. Now click on Troubleshooting under System and Security.
  3. Click on Hardware and Sound, then Hardware and Devices.
  4. Run the troubleshooter and follow the on-screen instructions to fix the problem.

Perform a reboot

Sometimes third-party software conflicts with your mouse, causing it to freeze or not respond for several minutes. To solve a frozen or stuck mouse in Windows 10, you need to reboot your computer and diagnose the problem step by step.

Make sure the touchpad is turned on

  1. Press the Windows + X key, then select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Dell Mouse or Touchpad Settings.
  3. Make sure that the Touchpad On/Off switch is set to ON for the Dell Touchpad, and then click Save Changes.
  4. Now click Mouse under Devices and Printers.
  5. Click the Pointer Options tab and uncheck the Hide pointer as you type.
  6. Click Apply, and then click OK.
  7. Restart your computer to save your changes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Press the Esc key twice.
  2. Press the Ctrl, Alt, and Del keys simultaneously and select Run Task Manager in the menu that appears.
  3. If the above methods don't help, turn off your computer by pressing the power button.

There are many reasons why your mouse keeps freezing, such as incorrect, corrupt, or outdated drivers, malware/viruses, technical problems such as dead batteries, connection problems such as damaged or loose cable, corrupt Windows registry, etc. Tip: Sometimes Windows freezes and the mouse gets stuck.

  1. Hold down the "FN" key, which is on your laptop keyboard between the Ctrl and Alt keys.
  2. Press the "F7", "F8" or "F9" key at the top of your keyboard.
  3. Slide your fingertip over the touchpad to see if it works.

First, find the key on the keyboard whose icon looks like a touchpad with a solid line. Press that key and see if the mouse pointer moves again. In most cases, you will need to hold down the Fn key and then press the corresponding function key to bring the cursor back to life.

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