Mouse Cursor Disappeared in Windows 11 [6 Quick Fixes 2023]

Written By Steven Arends

The disappearance of a mouse pointer from Windows 11 is a significant issue. A computer mouse is undoubtedly a vital device for operating the system. When it stops working, you are stuck on a certain window.

It is normal for users to think their mouse is broken when they can’t see the cursor anymore. But I would suggest otherwise.

mouse-cursor-disappeared-in-windows-11Hence, I have laid out some fixes that will bring the mouse cursor back on. So follow along and let’s get started.

How to Fix Mouse Cursor Disappeared in Windows 11

There are many issues that cause the cursor to disappear in Windows 11. The most common ones are outdated drivers, USB devices not recognized by the computer, and cursor hidden from the Windows Settings.

To bring back a mouse cursor, unplug it and reconnect it to the USB port. For a wireless mouse, you have to reconnect the dongle. The next step will be to see if the mouse is temporarily disabled by pressing predefined key combinations. Finally, restarting the computer would bring back the mouse cursor.

These are the essential solutions you need to try when your mouse pointer is not showing up in Windows 11.

I would suggest implementing the solutions one after another. In that manner, you can check whether the issue is resolved or not after trying each solution

Here are the solutions to fix the mouse pointer disappeared in Windows 11:

1. Reconnect the Mouse to a Different USB Port

If the mouse pointer keeps vanishing from your computer, that’s probably because of a broken or faulty USB port

In that case, reconnect the mouse to another USB port. For wireless mouse, pull out its dongle and reconnect it. Also, change its old batteries and insert new ones.

Additionally, you can try using the mouse on another computer. By doing this, you can determine if the mouse is dead and needs replacing.

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2. Restart Your Computer

Once you determine the mouse to be working, restart your computer. This will ensure that any driver issues causing the mouse to be unrecognized are resolved. Restarting also removes any temporary files present on the computer that can add to this problem.

After you restart the computer, plug in the mouse and see if the cursor is detected. If you do not see a cursor yet, follow the next steps that will attempt to fix any driver issues present.

3. Unhide the Mouse Pointer

Sometimes, your mouse pointer can get missing from the display while typing. It happens if the cursor is set to auto-hide when not in use. Unhide the cursor from settings to avoid this issue.

For the next steps, use the keyboard to navigate through the Windows interface. You can also connect a different mouse to do this.

Here are the steps to unhide the mouse pointer from settings: 

  • Press Windows + R key to launch the run command.
  • Type Control Mouse and hit Enter. control-mouse
  • Use the arrow keys to roam between the tabs.
  • Move to the Pointer Options tab.
  • Use the Tab button to move towards the Hide pointer while typing.pointer-options
  • Press Spacebar to untick the option.
  • Move to Apply using the arrow key and press Enter. Then do the same for selecting OK.

Restart your computer. Check whether this setting resolved the mouse cursor or not.

Move out to the next solution if the issue persists.

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4. Update Mouse Driver

An outdated mouse driver can be the reason the cursor disappeared in Windows 11. You need to update the existing mouse driver to avoid such problems.

Updating a driver without using the mouse is pretty difficult, but not impossible. Follow the instructions and do that using a keyboard.

Here are the steps to update the mouse driver using a keyboard:

  • Press the Windows + X button to launch the Windows menu.
  • Use the down arrow key to move to Device Manager and hit Enter.
  • Press the Tab and down arrow key to move between the options. When you reach Mice and other pointing devices, press the right arrow key to expand.
  • Press Enter to open the dropdown menu of your driver.device-manager-driver
  • Press the Tab and right arrow key to select Update driver and hit Enter.
  • Select Search Automatically from the following window.

Restart the computer once the update is done. Most probably, your cursor disappearing issue will be resolved after this tweak.

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5. Reinstall Mouse Driver 

Can’t notice the mouse pointer in Windows 11 even after updating the mouse driver? Presumably, the driver is corrupted. Uninstall and reinstall the driver to resolve this issue.

Here’s the procedure to reinstall the mouse driver using the keyboard only:

  • Launch the Windows menu by pressing the Windows + X button.
  • Move to Device Manager by using the down arrow key. Then hit Enter.device-manager
  • Press the Tab key first, then the down arrow key to move between the options.
  • Press the right arrow key to expand Mice and other pointing devices.mice-and-other
  • Open the dropdown menu of your driver by pressing Shift + F10.
  • Press Tab and the right arrow key to navigate to Drivers.
  • Navigate to Uninstall Device by pressing the Tab key.
  • Hit Enter to open the uninstall window.uninstall-driver-device-manager

Now, restart your computer. Windows will automatically install the driver. Check whether the issue remains or not. Move to the following solution if yes.

6. Reset Mouse Pointer Scheme

If you set the mouse pointer scheme to various styles, you might face a mouse pointer disappearing issue after updating Windows.

Set the pointer scheme to default/none to avoid such a situation.

Here’s the process to reset the mouse pointer scheme in Windows 11:

  • Press Windows + S button to launch the default search menu.
  • Type mouse settings and hit Enter.mouse-settings
  • Press the Tab and right arrow to go to Pointers.
  • Open Scheme by pressing Tab and select None using the right arrow key.
  • Navigate to the Ok button using Tab and press the Enter key.

Your cursor vanishing issue will resolve once you implement this solution.

These are the solutions you should follow when.

However, in case you’re using a laptop and

your touchpad cursor disappears, check out the following section.

How to Fix No Mouse Cursor in Windows 11 Laptop

If the physical key to disable the touchpad is activated, you won’t find the mouse cursor on Windows 11 laptop. Also, when the touchpad isn’t enabled from Windows settings or you are using the laptop in tablet mode, you are likely to face this error.

To tackle this issue, re-enable the trackpad from the Windows settings. To do that, just follow my lead, and you’ll resolve the Windows 11 mouse cursor missing issue in no time

Here are the methods to resolve the disappearing mouse pointer in a Windows 11 laptop:

1. Enable Touchpad from Settings

From the Windows Settings, you can toggle the trackpad on or off. This can bring the cursor icon back.

Here are the steps to enable the touchpad settings using keyboard:

  • Open the Windows search menu using Windows + S key.
  • Type in Touchpad settings and hit Enter.
  • Press the Tab to navigate to the touchpad toggle.
  • Press the Spacebar to toggle the touchpad on/off.toggle-off

I suggest you turn on the touchpad. After that, you’ll be able to view the mouse cursor on your computer.

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2. Enable Internal Pointing Device in BIOS

If the Internal Pointing Device (IPD) setting is disabled from BIOS, you might face various touchpad issues, including a mouse pointer missing issue. This happens after purchasing a new laptop

As soon as you update the setting, you’ll notice the mouse pointer right on display.

Here’s the procedure to enable the Internal pointing device:

  • Press the Del button repeatedly while starting your laptop. That will get you into BIOS.
  • Locate the Internal pointing device/Touchpad setting in BIOS.
  • Set that setting to Enable. Disabling would turn off your touchpad.
  • Save changes by pressing F10 and restarting the laptop.

Your mouse cursor should reappear after modifying this setting on your laptop. There’s one last thing you might consider resolving this issue.

3. Disable Tablet Mode

Are you using a hybrid device (fancy tech that has the detachable keyboard ability)? If that’s the case, your laptop is probably in tablet mode. Hence, the mouse cursor is missing.

Disable the tablet mode to avoid the issue. You can do this by reconnecting the keyboard, and the tablet mode will be disabled. Next, restart the computer by pressing Ctrl + X and selecting Restart.

These are the solutions you should implement whenever you face the Mouse pointer disappearing on your Windows 11 laptop.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my mouse pointer not showing?

Your mouse pointer isn’t showing because of an outdated/ corrupted mouse driver. Reinstall the drive to fix that issue.

How to Enable/Disable the Touchpad Using a Keyboard?

To disable the touchpad, navigate the Windows Settings using the Tab and Enter key. To do that, go to Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Touchpad > Toggle On.

How to bring the cursor back on my laptop? 

Press Press the predefined key to enable the touchpad on your laptop. You can find a dedicated key with a touchpad icon on top of the function keys.

Bottom Line

Though the mouse cursor vanishing from the display is a really annoying issue, resolving the mouse pointer disappeared in Windows 11 with your keyboard might be fun.

However, if anything feels complicated while tweaking this issue, feel free to comment below. My team will be very much happy to assist you throughout the process.

Until next time, it’s goodbye.

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