Some Windows users have reported that their mouse gets stuck in the middle of the screen. It can occur when no application is open or sometimes, the mouse gets stuck when using apps such as Roblox or Steam. In this post, we will talk about this issue and see what you need to do if your mouse is stuck in the middle of the screen on Windows 11/10 computer.
Fix Mouse stuck in middle of screen Windows 11/10
If your Mouse is stuck in the middle of the screen, first of all, restart your computer. Since you cannot use the mouse, hit Alt + F4 and use the down arrow key to select Restart, and then perform a restart. In case you don’t want to restart or if restarting doesn’t work, follow the solutions mentioned below.
- Basic suggestions
- Detach and attach your mouse
- Enable Touchpad
- Restart Explorer process
- Reinstall the driver
- Run Hardware and Device Troubleshooter
1] Basic suggestions
- Make sure that your mouse batteries have not been drained.
- Learn how to use a Windows computer without a mouse
- See how to Shutdown or Restart Windows using keyboard keys only
- Use another mouse and see.
2] Detach and attach your mouse
If you use an external mouse, remove and attach it if it is stuck in the middle of the screen. On some occasions, the issue is a result of a glitch, and doing the bare minimum, that is, re-plugging the pointing device, will do the job. You can also plug into a different USB port as, in your case, the faulty port could be the problem. So, do the same, and see if the mouse starts moving.
3] Enable Touchpad
We should also check if the touchpad is enabled or not. Sometimes, there is a key on your laptop that, when pressed, deactivates the touchpad. This can be the cause in your case as well, so just enable the touchpad from the keyboard of your laptop and check if the issue is resolved.
4] Restart Windows Explorer
If your mouse pointer is stuck in the middle of the screen, it could mean that your mouse has not initialized.
Restart the Explorer process, and then Off and On your mouse and see if this helps.
5] Reinstall the mouse driver
Next up, we will reinstall the mouse driver installed on your computer. If you are on a laptop and the touchpad is not working, borrow an external mouse, and if the external mouse is not working just the touchpad. Now, to reinstall the driver, follow the steps mentioned below.
- Hit Win + X and click on Device Manager.
- Go to the problem-causing driver.
- If your Touchpad is not working, go to Human Interface Devices and there you will find the Touchpad driver, it would be named HID-complaint touch pad or something else depending on your OEM.
- External Mouse users should go to Mice and other pointing devices and look for the HID-complaint mouse driver there.
- Right-click on the driver and select Uninstall device.
- Click on Uninstall again to confirm your action.
- Once the Device Manager is refreshed, right-click on Human Interface Devices or Mice and other pointing devices and select Scan for hardware changes.
This will reinstall the driver. Now, move the mouse and see if that works.
6] Run Hardware and Device Troubleshooter
Now, we will use the built-in Windows utility to scan your computer to know what’s wrong with it and why the pointing device is not responding, and then apply the recommended solution.
Since we cannot use the mouse, let us get help from the keyboard. Open Run by Win + R, type ‘cmd’ and hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter. Click Yes when the UAC prompt appears. Now, type the following command and hit Enter to open the Hardware Troubleshooter.
msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic
Finally, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the task.
We hope you can resolve the issue using the solutions mentioned in this article.
What to do when your mouse is stuck in the middle of the screen?
If your mouse is stuck in the middle of the screen, ensure your touchpad is not disabled. You must inspect your laptop’s keyboard and see if there is one such button. In case there is a touchpad button that is enabled, turn it off and then see if the issue is resolved. If using an external mouse, unplug and plug it in again. Your issue should be resolved. If nothing worked, check the aforementioned solutions to resolve the issue.
Why is my mouse pointer getting stuck in Windows 11?
If your mouse pointer is getting stuck on the screen and freezing from time to time, do make sure that your touchpad drivers are up-to-date. Not just that, corruption of the mouse driver can also lead to a peculiarity in the mouse’s behavior. There are some other causes such as accidentally triggering the touchpad lock button and misconfiguration in the touchpad or mouse settings.