Whether you use a mouse or a touchpad, when a cursor disappears,it’s quite difficult to maneuver around your computer. 

This issue with the disappearing cursor mostly occurs after booting up the computer, installing Windows updates, or upgrading the Windows version, and can be quite scary. 

But fear not, as after reading this article, you’ll understand the reasons why a cursor is not showing up and learn how to get your cursor back on your laptop or PC.

Why Is My Cursor Not Showing Up or Disappearing?

The mouse cursor may disappear due to any of these reasons:

  • Mouse driver incompatibility;
  • Cursor settings;
  • System updates;
  • Wireless mouse battery issues;
  • Physical obstruction;
  • Malware.

From my own experience, one of the most frequent reasons for the issue is outdated or incompatible mouse drivers, at least that was the case when my cursor disappeared. One of the users on this Microsoft Community discussion claims that it worked for him as well.

Now that you know the “why,” let’s get on to “how.”

Also read: What to Do if the Mouse and Keyboard Are Not Working on a Laptop?

How to Fix the Disappearing Cursor Issue on a Windows PC

Before you apply any solutions, I recommend that you first try the following quick tricks:

  • Unplug and then plug the mouse back in. If you’re using a wireless mouse, try unplugging and plugging back in its USB receiver or changing its batteries. Then check if the cursor will show.
  • Try using another mouse. If the cursor appears, then you need to replace your mouse.

If you still can’t see the cursor, then you need to dig deeper into your computer to resolve the problem. Here are some proven methods that can help you solve the issue:

Method 1: Reboot your computer

A quick restart usually helps to fix many Windows issues, including the disappearing cursor.

Follow these steps to restart your device:

  • Open the Power User Menu (Win + X).
  • Use the up arrow key to go to “Shut down or sign out.” Then hit Enter.
Windows shut down or sign out
  • Use the down arrow key to navigate to “Restart” and then press Enter.
  • Once the PC reboots, check if the mouse cursor has appeared.

Method 2: Use the function keys

Sometimes, Windows may disable your mouse, especially after upgrading to a newer Windows version, making the cursor unavailable. Luckily, you can reactivate it using the function keys on your keyboard. The exact shortcut combination that you’ll need depends on your computer brand. So, just try all the shortcuts below and see which one works for you:

  • Fn + F3;
  • Fn + F5;
  • Fn + F9;
  • Fn + F11.

Also read: Function Keys Not Working on Windows 10

Method 3: Clean your mouse

It may sound a bit silly, but if your cursor disappears, a dusty or dirty mouse sensor may be the cause of the issue. Take a look at the bottom of the mouse and use a soft, dry cloth or a special cleaning solution to carefully wipe the sensor. Then check if it fixed the problem.

Also read: Expert Tips: How to Clean Laptop Mouse and Keyboard

Method 4: Update the mouse driver

If all the methods have failed, then your mouse driver may be outdated. This was exactly the case when my mouse disappeared. You can easily update its driver using this procedure:

  • Open the Run dialog box (Win + R), type devmgmt.msc, and hit Enter.
  • Hit the Tab key once, and then use the down arrow key to navigate to “Mice and other pointing devices.” Expand the category by pressing the right arrow key.
  • Use the down arrow button to select your mouse or touchpad.
  • Press the Shift + F10 combination, and then use the down arrow key to select “Update driver” from the menu. Then hit Enter.
Device Manager update HID driver
  • Press Enter to choose “Search automatically for drivers.”
Search automatically for drivers HID
  • Restart the device after updating your mouse driver.

Alternatively, since this manual method doesn’t guarantee that you get the latest driver version for your mouse, you could use a specialized tool to ensure all your drivers, not only the mouse one, always stay updated. Auslogics Driver Updater is an excellent option that I highly recommend.

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Update drivers automatically with Auslogics Driver Updater

This professional tool scans your computer for outdated drivers and lets you choose which ones to update with a single click. Driver Updater installs the latest manufacturer-recommended drivers and allows you to back up any driver before the update.

Further reading: Auslogics Driver Updater: Update Your Drivers in One Click!

Method 5: Update Windows

Updating Windows helps remove any bugs that might be causing the mouse cursor to disappear.

Follow these steps to update your Windows system:

  • Press the Windows logo key + I combination to open the Settings app.
  • Hit the Tab button once, and then use the arrow keys to go to “Update & Security” (“Windows Update” in Windows 11). Then press Enter.
  • Press Tab (twice in Windows 11) to select the “Check for updates” button on the right pane, and then hit Enter.
Windows update check for updates
  • Wait for Windows to download the available updates, and then restart the computer to install them.

Method 6: Configure the pointer size

The disappearing cursor issue may also occur if your mouse is misconfigured. Reconfiguring it may help resolve the problem.

Here is how to do so in Windows 10:

  • Open the Windows search box (Win + S).
  • Type “Change mouse pointer size” (no quotes) and use the arrow keys to go to the first search result. Then press Enter.
Change mouse pointer size
  • Use the arrow keys to adjust the “Change pointer size” slider and see if the cursor appears.
Windows mouse pointer settings

Follow these steps for Windows 11:

  • Press the Windows key, type “Settings,” and hit Enter.
  • Use the down arrow key to get to “Accessibility.”
  • Hit the Tab key two times and use the down arrow key to get to “Mouse pointer and touch,” then hit Enter.
  • Hit the Tab key twice and use the arrow keys to adjust the “Change pointer size” slider to check if the cursor appears.
Mouse pointer and touch

Also read: Under Control: How to Turn Off Mouse Acceleration on Windows 10 and 11

Method 7: Adjust your pointer settings

If adjusting the pointer size doesn’t work, you may need to change more settings to make the mouse cursor reappear.

These instructions will guide you through changing various settings that might be causing your problem:

  • Open Run (Win + R).
  • Type in main.cpl and hit Enter.
  • Press the Tab button until the dotted box goes to one of the tabs at the top.
  • Now use the arrow keys to open the “Pointer Options” tab.
  • Press Tab to move to “Enhance pointer precision.” Then hit Enter to deselect this option.
  • Press Tab until the dotted square lands on “Display pointer trails.”
  • Hit Enter to select it.
  • Use the Tab key to navigate to the “Hide pointer while typing” option and press Enter to uncheck it.
  • Navigate to “Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key” and hit Enter to check it.
  • Hit Tab to navigate to the “Apply” button at the bottom and press Enter.
Enhance pointer precision
  • Press Win + X and use the arrow keys to navigate to “Shut down or sign out,” choose “Restart,” and then press Enter.

Method 8: Change your registry settings

Some users also report that tweaking their registry settings enabled them to fix the complication.

The Windows Registry is a very sensitive area of your computer, where even a minor typo can result in system-wide chaos. Tread carefully and only make changes to the registry if you’re confident about what you’re doing.

Follow the steps below to try this method:

  • Launch Run (Win + R) and type regedit. Then hit Enter.
  • When the Registry Editor opens, hit Tab to go to the search bar at the top of the window.
  • Use the backspace button to clear everything in the search bar, and then copy and paste the following:

  • Hit Tab to move to the right pane, and then use the down arrow button to select “EnableCursorSuppression.” Then hit Enter.
  • Type “0” (without quotes) into the “Value data” box and hit Tab to select “OK.”
  • Hit Enter, and then restart your PC.

Method 9: Scan for malware

Malware may also infect your device and mess up crucial files, causing errors and affecting everything, including the mouse.

Here is how to scan for malware in Windows 10:

  • Use the Win + I shortcut to open the Settings application.
  • Press Tab once, and then use the arrow keys to navigate to “Update & Security.”
Windows update and security
  • Hit Enter, and then press Tab when a new window opens.
  • Use the down arrow key to select Windows Security, and then hit Enter.
Settings Windows Security
  • Use the Tab key to select “Virus & threat protection” on the right pane and press Enter.
  • Hit Tab until you select the “Scan options” link. Then press Enter.
Virus and Threat protection scan options
  • Navigate to “Full scan” using the arrow keys, and then hit the spacebar.
Windows Security scan options
  • Use Tab to reach the “Scan now” button and press Enter.
  • Restart the PC.

Follow these steps if you’re a Windows 11 user:

  • Press Win + I to launch Settings.
  • Use the down arrow to get to “Privacy & security” and hit Enter.
Windows Privacy and Security
  • Hit Tab twice and use the down arrow key to get to “Windows Security.” Then hit Enter.
  • Press Tab once again and hit Enter to go to “Virus & threat protection.”
  • Hit Tab once and then Enter to access “Scan options.”
  • Press Tab once and use the down arrow key to select “Full scan,” then hit Tab again and press Enter to scan your PC for malware.
Windows Security full scan
  • Restart your computer.
You can also use Auslogics Anti-Malware to ensure you completely remove any hidden malware.
Auslogics Anti-Malware
Scan your PC for malware quickly with Auslogics Anti-Malware

Further reading: [EXPLAINED] Does Windows 10 Need Antivirus?


Your mouse cursor may disappear due to various reasons, such as mouse driver incompatibility, cursor settings, system updates, wireless mouse battery problems, malware, or physical obstructions.
You can try unplugging and then plugging the mouse back in, or using another mouse to check if the cursor appears.
Yes, if your mouse cursor disappeared, you can try updating your mouse driver to fix it. You can open Device Manager, select your mouse or touchpad, and choose to update the driver. Alternatively, you can use Auslogics Driver Updater to ensure all your drivers stay updated.