Have you ever been using Chrome and suddenly realized that your mouse cursor has disappeared? If so, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Many users have reported this issue, and there are a few ways to fix it.
In this post, we’ll show you how to troubleshoot and fix the problem so you can get back to work or browsing as usual. Keep reading for more information!
One of the first things you should do if your mouse cursor disappears in Chrome is to check for malware. Malware can sometimes cause strange issues like this, and it’s always best to rule it out as a possibility. You can use a tool like Malwarebytes to scan your system for malware and remove any that it finds.
You can also run a full scan of the Microsoft Defender tool if you don’t want to download a third-party tool. If you don’t have any malware on your system, or if scanning for it doesn’t fix the problem, move on to the next solution.
Sometimes, the problem can be as simple as Chrome not refreshing correctly. In this case, simply quitting and relaunching the browser may fix the issue. To do this, press the X icon on the top-right of Chrome or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Q (or Cmd+Shift+Q on a Mac) to quit Chrome. Then, open it again and see if the mouse cursor is back.
There are other ways to restart or relaunch your Chrome browser. Such as, you can write chrome://restart in the address bar. This will automatically close all tabs and restart Chrome. You can also close Chrome from the Task manager and relaunch it.
If relaunching Chrome doesn’t fix the problem, the next thing you should try is updating your mouse driver. Outdated or corrupted drivers can sometimes cause issues like this, so it’s always a good idea to ensure they’re up to date.
To update your mouse driver, open the Device Manager (you can search for it in the Windows search bar). Then, expand the “Mice and other pointing devices” section and find your mouse. Right-click on it and select “Update driver.”
If there’s an update available, follow the prompts to install it. Once it’s installed, restart your computer and see if the problem is fixed.
The Chrome hardware acceleration feature can sometimes cause mouse cursor issues. If you’re unsure what this is, it’s a setting that allows Chrome to use your computer’s graphics card to improve performance. In some cases, though, it can cause some issues.
To check if hardware acceleration is the problem, open Chrome and, go to Settings > System section, switch off the toggle beside “Use hardware acceleration when available.” Restart Chrome and see if the problem is fixed.
If you’re using Windows operating system, the Tablet Mode may be causing the mouse cursor to disappear in Chrome. This model is designed for touchscreen devices, so it can sometimes cause issues with mouse cursors.
To turn off Tablet Mode, open the Action Center (you can do this by clicking the Notification icon on the taskbar). Then, find the Tablet Mode toggle and turn it off.
If you don’t see the Tablet Mode toggle, click on “Expand” to see more options.
Another potential solution is to update your Chrome browser. Sometimes, updates can fix issues like this by patching up any bugs or glitches in the software.
To check for a Chrome update, open the browser and click on the three dots in the top-right corner. Then, click on “Help” > “About Google Chrome.” The About page will automatically check for updates and install them if they’re available.
If you’ve tried all of the solutions above and none of them has worked, your last resort is to either restore or reinstall Chrome. Restoring Chrome will reset all of your settings to the defaults, but it won’t delete your bookmarks or browsing history. Reinstalling Chrome will delete everything, so make sure to backup any important data before doing this.
To restore Chrome, open the browser and click on the three dots in the top-right corner. Then, click on “Settings”, press the “Reset and clean up” section and click on “Restore settings to their original defaults.” Click on “Reset settings” to confirm.
To reinstall Chrome, go to Settings > Apps and find Chrome. Uninstall it and then download it again from the Chrome website.
These are some potential solutions that should fix the mouse cursor disappearing problem in Chrome. If you’re still having issues, or if none of these solutions worked for you, contact Google support for more help.