In this article, we will provide some general solutions to fix the issue of the mouse cursor moving by itself on a Windows PC. Some users are complaining that their mouse cursor starts moving on its own when they start typing, whereas other users are saying that the mouse cursor moves on its own continuously in the vertical direction. If you experience such a type of issue, this post may help you fix it.
Such types of activities occur on a Windows system if it is infected by a virus or malware. Hence, we recommend you run a full system antivirus and antimalware scan. If this does not fix the issue, it means that the problem might be associated with your hardware or software. In such a case, try the solutions described in this article.
How to Fix Mouse Moving by Itself Issue on a Windows PC
If your mouse is moving on its own, try the following fixes:
Fix 1.) Run the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter
Because this issue might be due to some hardware fault. Therefore, it will be better if you run Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter tool. Previously, users were able to access this tool from Settings. But later on, Microsoft has removed it from Settings. Now, you can run this tool by executing a command in the Command Prompt.
Follow the steps below:
Step 1: Click on the Windows Search and type cmd. Click on the Command Prompt app from results.
Step 2: Type the following command and hit Enter.
msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic
This will launch the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter. On the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter window, click Advanced and select the checkbox that says Apply repairs automatically. After that click Next. Follow the on-screen instructions.
After the completion of the troubleshooting process, check if the issue exists.
Fix 2.) Update, Reinstall or Roll Back your Mouse Driver
You might be experiencing the issue due to outdated or corrupted mouse drivers. In such a case, you should try updating or reinstalling the mouse drivers. If this does not work, roll back your driver and see if it helps.
Update Mouse Driver
The following steps will help you update your mouse driver.
Step 1: Press the Win + R keys to launch the Run command box. Type
devmgmt.msc and click OK. This will launch the Device Manager.
Step 2: Expand the Mouse and other pointing devices node and select your mouse driver.
Step 3: Right-click on your mouse driver and select Update driver.
Step 4: Now, select the Search automatically for drivers option.
After this, Windows will search for the latest version of the mouse driver and install it on your system. Now, restart your computer and check if the issue is solved.
Reinstall Mouse Driver
To reinstall your mouse driver, repeat the first two steps described above. Right-click on your mouse driver and select the Uninstall device option. Follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall the driver from your system. After the uninstallation gets completed, close the Device Manager and restart your system.
On the restart, Windows will search for the hardware changes and install the latest version of the missing driver. If the issue still persists, consider rolling back your mouse driver.
Roll Back Mouse Driver
Repeat the first two steps described above. Double-click on your mouse driver to open its properties. In the Properties window, click on the Roll Back Driver option (if it is available).
Fix 3.) Replace Batteries (For Wireless Mice)
If you have a wireless (Bluetooth) mouse, you might be experiencing this problem due to batteries. Hence, we suggest you replace your mouse batteries and see if it helps.
Fix 4.) Disable your Laptop Touchpad
Windows 10 has a feature that lets you disable your mouse touchpad when you connect your external mouse. You can try this method and see if it helps fix the issue.
To do so, launch the Settings app and go to Devices > Touchpad. Now, deselect the checkbox that says Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected. If it does not work, you can turn off the Touchpad button in Settings.
Fix 5.) Disable Enhance Pointer Precision Setting
Disable the “Enhance Pointer Precision” Setting and see if it works. The following instructions will help you with that:
Step 1: Press the Win + R keys to launch the Run command box. Type Control Panel and click OK.
Step 2: Select Large icons in the View by mode.
Step 3: Click Mouse. This will open the Mouse Properties window. In the Mouse Properties window, click on the Pointer Options tab and then deselect the Enhance Pointer Precision checkbox.
Step 4: Click Apply and then OK.
This is all about the methods to fix the issue in which the mouse moves by itself. Let us know if our post helped you solve the issue. You can comment below.
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