How to Fix a Mouse Pointer

By Cesar Castro

Your computer mouse is the quintessential link between the user and the computer. When you have problems with an unresponsive or sluggish computer mouse, it is important to fix the issue promptly. Delayed reactions from a mouse pointer is usually associated with a faulty mouse. Troubleshooting a faulty mouse usually comes down to faulty USB ports, outdated mouse drives, and even the accumulation of dirt.

Things You'll Need

  • Compressed air
  • Cloth
  • Isopropyl alcohol

Step 1

Change the batteries if you are using a wireless mouse. As the batteries in the mouse start to fail, the mouse pointer will become sluggish and even unresponsive. Install new batteries as soon as the mouse starts acting erratically.

Step 2

Change the USB connector on a wired mouse to another available USB port. As a computer ages, certain USB ports might become faulty. Disconnect the mouse from the USB port and reconnect the USB connector into another available USB port to ensure proper connection.

Step 3

Update the mouse drives. Right-click on "My Computer" and select "Properties". Select the "Hardware" tab and click on "Device Manager". There will be a list of computer hardware connected to your computer. Right click on the mouse icon and select "Update Driver". Allow the computer to search and install the latest mouse drives to ensure proper communication between the mouse, the computer's motherboard, and the mouse pointer on your computer screen.

Step 4

Clean the mouse housing. Sometimes an embedded piece of debris will render your mouse useless. Disconnect your mouse. Use a can of compressed air to blast away at the nooks and crannies free of any obtrusive material. Wipe the mouse and the mouse pad down with a cloth dampened with isopropyl alcohol. Never douse computer components with alcohol. This will short circuit electrical components and potentially damage your hardware. Reconnect your mouse.