Mouse Cursor Disappeared in Windows 11 [6 Quick Fixes 2022]

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 to operate the system. The mouse cursor is detected through the movement of your mouse.

It is normal for users to think their mouse is broken when they can’t notice the cursor movement on display. But I would suggest otherwise.

Before trying to get the mouse pointer back on your screen, you can’t declare the mouse is not working.

In this article, I’ll explain why your mouse cursor disappeared from Windows 11 and how to bring it back.

So, read this till the end to find out.mouse-cursor-disappeared-in-windows-11

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How to Fix Windows 11 Mouse Cursor Disappeared

The mouse pointer disappears from your computer because of a driver compatibility issue. You can press these keyboard combinations when the cursor vanishes from Windows 11; Fn + F3/ Fn + F5/ Fn + F9/ Fn + F11. Also, restart the computer if the cursor disappears and reappears continuously.

Those are the essential solutions you need to try when your mouse pointer is not showing in Windows 11. There are some other valuable techniques that you should try to resolve this issue.

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

Here are the solutions to Windows 11 mouse pointer disappeared:

1. Reconnect the Mouse to a different USB port

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

Switch the connection using another port. Also, you can try the mouse on another computer. That will ensure the functionality of your mouse.

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2. Unhide the Mouse Pointer

Sometimes, your mouse pointer can get missing from the display while typing. It happens due to some irregularities in mouse configuration. Unhide the cursor from settings to avoid this issue.

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.

Press Alt+F4 to open the shutdown menu and restart the 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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3. Change Batteries for Bluetooth Mouse

Are you using a Bluetooth mouse? Chances are, your mouse’s battery is out of charge. Change the batteries and recheck the issue.

Also, when the dongle receiver of your mouse is broken, you won’t notice the mouse cursor on display. Check whether that’s functioning properly or not.

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 efficiently by yourself.

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.device-manager
  • Press the Tab key (⇆) > down arrow key to move between the options. When you reach Mice and other pointing devices, press the right arrow key to expand.mice-and-other
  • Press Shift + F10 to open the dropdown menu of your driver.update-driver
  • Push the right arrow 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 to bring the Pointer

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 the 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.uninstall-driver
  • Select the right arrow key to open the uninstall window.
  • Hit Enter after making sure you’ve selected Uninstall Driver.

Restart your computer after uninstalling the driver. Windows will automatically install the driver. Check whether the issue remains or not. Move to the following solution if yes.

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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
  • Keep pressing the Tab button until you enter Additional mouse settings. A new window named mouse properties will pop up.
  • Use the Tab key (⇆) to switch between the tabs.
  • Move to the pointers tab and press the Tab key again. You’ll be able to join the Scheme menu.pointers
  • Press the down arrow key till you select the scheme as none.
  • Save the changes by pressing apply, then ok.

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

These are the solutions you should follow when you face a Windows 11 mouse cursor missing on your computer. However, in case you’re using a laptop and having the same issue, check out the following section.

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Mouse Cursor Disappeared 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, I’ve found some efficient techniques that you can use. Just follow my lead, and you’ll resolve the Windows 11 mouse cursor missing issue in no time.

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

1. Change TouchPad Settings using Keyboard

If the touchpad settings aren’t set properly, you might find that your mouse pointer is missing. Change the additional settings to avoid this issue.

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

  • Open the Windows search menu using Windows + S key.
  • Type in touchpad settings and hit Enter.touchpad-settings
  • Press the Tab key (⇆) to navigate to the touchpad option.
  • 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 setting in BIOS.
  • Set that setting to enable. Disabling would turn off your touchpad.
  • Save changes and restart 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’ll have to press the Alt + F4 button to turn off tablet mode simultaneously. A shut-down window will appear. Press the down arrow key till you notice the restart button appear on the screen.

Press ok to reboot your computer, and the tablet mode will turn off automatically.

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?

Go to Settings (Windows + I) > Press the Tab key to Bluetooth & devices > toggle on the touchpad settings using the down arrow key.

How to Bring the cursor back on my laptop? 

Press fn+F3, fn+F5, fn+F9, fn+F11 on your laptop to bring the cursor back.

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.

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