How to Fix a Stuck Cursor

By Nina Nixon

On occasion, your cursor may stick even after you repeatedly click or try to drag the mouse. The behavior is commonly due to a temporary glitch, an outdated driver or a virus. When you first notice the mouse sticking, review a logical strategy to get a timely resolution.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows 7 OS

Step 1

Unplug the mouse, then replug it.

Step 2

Click the "Start" button to begin the process of checking for updated drivers if the mouse cursor still sticks.

Step 3

Click the "Control Panel."

Step 4

Click "System and Maintenance."

Step 5

Click "Device Manager."

Step 6

Double-click the mouse device's name.

Step 7

Click the "Driver" tab.

Step 8

Click "Update Driver" and follow the prompts to update the mouse device's driver.

Step 9

Click the "Start" button to begin the process of running a System Restore if the mouse cursor still sticks.

Step 10

Type "system restore" in the Search box.

Step 11

Click "System Restore" and follow the prompts to restore your computer to an earlier date and time.

Step 12

Verify that your security software is on and up-to-date.

Tips & Warnings

  • Visit your mouse device's manufacturer's website and install security updates that apply to your model.
  • You must have administrator privileges to update device drivers and run a System Restore.
  • Some hardware devices including mice, may be incompatible with your computer operating system. Replace the mouse if a sticking cursor becomes a recurrent issue.