Is your cursor going on adventures without you? Here’s how to fix it.
Sometimes when you’re using your computer, your cursor will seemingly move on its own. Don’t call the exorcists just yet, though; there are several reasons why a cursor can move about without you moving the mouse.
Let’s check out some ways to fix this problem.
1. Double-Check Your Hardware
Before checking or changing any settings on your laptop or PC, make sure to check all hardware components that could cause this problem. Take a look at the mouse cable, USB ports, or remaining battery charge if you use a wireless mouse.
2. Double-Check Your Mouse’s Surface
If the hardware looks okay, check the surface that the mouse is resting on. Your desk might have scratches or uneven surfaces on it. If you use a mouse pad, it might be worn out and giving your mouse incorrect information about its movement.
3. Change Touchpad Settings
If you set your touchpad sensitivity on your laptop too high, the cursor will move at the slightest touch. As such, you should take a look at its sensitivity setting. Here’s how to change the touchpad sensitivity on your laptop:
- Click Start, then head to Settings > Devices.
- Select Touchpad, from the left-hand menu.
- Below Taps, use the drop-down menu to change the touchpad sensitivity.
The change will take place in real-time, so you can try multiple settings until you find one that you like.
If you have connected a mouse to your Windows 10 laptop and never use the touchpad, you can disable it from the top of the window. Also, if you want Windows 10 to disable the touchpad when you connect a mouse automatically, uncheck Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected.
It’s worth noting that the cursor might move on its own because the touchpad might have accumulated dust. If your laptop is a little grimy, you should clean your laptop and see if that fixes the problem.
4. Disconnect Other Devices
Your problem could be caused by a joystick, graphics tablet, or other input devices connected to your laptop or PC. Because some of these can also control the cursor, it can lead to a conflict between them as they fight for power.
You can disconnect all devices and reconnect them one by one so you can find out which one causes the issue, or you can disable them temporarily when you don’t need them.
5. Run the Hardware Troubleshooter
While Windows 10 doesn’t have a dedicated troubleshooter for the mouse, you can use Command Prompt to access the Hardware troubleshooter.
Here is how you can do it:
- In the Start menu search bar, search for command prompt and select Run as administrator.
- Type msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic.
- Press Enter. Windows 10 will now open the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter.
- Click Advanced > Apply repairs automatically.
- Select Next.
6. Update Your Mouse’s Drivers
Sometimes a mouse’s drivers become outdated or corrupted over time, and you’ll need to download new ones to get them back in working order. Bad or faulty drivers can have a negative effect on your hardware, so it’s worth giving it a shot.
There are plenty of ways to give your PC a driver update, so be sure to check out our guide on how to find and replace outdated Windows drivers for more information.
Tame Your Mouse
If your mouse is getting a little rebellious, it may be due to one of many different issues. However, once you’ve worked your way down the list, your cursor will have hopefully calmed down and stopped moving by itself.
If you think your mouse needs a good clean, there are certain tricks and tips you can use to get it as good as new. For instance, isopropyl alcohol is a good cleaner and sanitizer for a dirty mouse.
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