Mouse Pointer lags or freezes on Windows 10

Even though we have a touch screen based Windows 10 devices, the mouse remains an important part of usage, especially when you want to do some hardcore work. When using Touch, it’s a bit hard to drag – and when it comes to the editing of images, and videos, nothing beats the mouse. So if you are a mouse user, you may find it irritating if your mouse pointer lags or freezes on Windows 10, it’s a big problem. In this guide, we are discussing a few tips which can help you get rid of this issue so you can use your mouse smoothly.

Mouse Pointer lags or freezes

1] Clean mouse and mouse pad

This might just sound silly, but many a time either of these two is a problem. We don’t have mouse balls anymore, but even those laser lights can get dirty. Clean the bottom of your mouse. The second is cleaning up your mouse pad which might have dust collected from years of usage! If this helps, make sure to keep this in mind for future.

2] Change USB Port

Another basic tip, but chances are the USB port with which either your mouse is connected , r the dongle of your wireless mouse has gone rogue. Try connecting to a different port, and see if it works for you.

3] Get back to Default Settings

Mouse Pointer lags or freezes

It’s always a good idea to see if your mouse is working as expected under default settings. Since we are dealing with a pointer issue, follow the steps below:

  • Navigate to Start > Settings > Devices.
  • Click on Mouse and Touchpad.
  • In the right pane, click on Additional Mouse Settings.
  • Under Pointer tab, Click on Use Default.
  • Click on Apply and OK.

4] Disable Smooth Scrolling

Enable Smooth Scrolling

You can slow down both horizontal, and vertical scrolling of the mouse in mouse settings. Also called as Smooth scrolling, it helps if you think websites are scrolling up and down way too quickly.

5] Update or Rollback Mouse Drivers

Update or Rollback Mouse Driver in Windows 10

You need to either update or rollback the drivers. It is possible that after updating Windows, your driver needs a refresh. On the contrary, if you just updated the mouse driver, and the issue started after that you need to rollback the driver.

From the WinX Menu, open Device Manager. Select your Mouse, and open Properties with a right-click. Next switch to the Driver section. The rollback is only available if the update was recent. If that’s, not the case, click on Update Driver, and Windows will automatically check for the problems.

6] Check if your computer is turning off the mouse

If you are using a laptop, the power management might turn off the devices which are not in use to save power. This can happen with the USB based device. To change this go to Device Manager > Universal serial bus controllers > USB Root Hub > Power management > uncheck “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power“.

USB Root Hub Turn off Power management Option

If you have multiple USB Root hub, you can try changing them one by one, and see which one works for you.

7] Update Graphics Drivers

If you are facing issue during any high graphics usage or when playing a game, its best to update the drivers. In case you have an Intel, update its graphics drivers from the device manager. In case you have NVIDIA, you can do the same. There are two more setting you need to change for NVIDIA.

  • Open the NVIDIA control panel from the system tray, and change high-performance NVIDIA processor to Auto-select. This will make sure the driver uses the best options suitable for the mouse.
  • The second thing you can do is to disable Nvidia Share from the settings of GeForce experience app.

8] Set No-delay for Touchpad

If this is happening with your touchpad, you can try setting the delay to zero. Open Settings > Devices > Mouse and Touchpad. Here you can set the delay before clicks to No Delay.

These tips should help you solve the mouse pointer lags or freezes on Windows 10 issue. If you have any other suggestions, please do share.

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