13 Easy Fixes For Mouse Jumping Around Windows 10 Issue

Mouse pointers or cursors are the small white arrows on your computer screens that help you navigate through the components of any Operating System (OS). A lot of users are becoming astonished when they see their mouse pointers jumping around randomly when they are not even touching the trackpad or the mouse.

This is not normal but at the same time, this is nothing you have to worry about. This article has everything you need to know about the Mouse Jumping around Windows 10 issue and also the solutions you will need to use to fix this issue on your own.

What makes my mouse pointer jump around on my Windows 10 PC?

Mouse pointer issues like the jumping cursor are caused by almost the same reasons as other mouse-related issues and they are listed below –

Mouse Driver Issues

Each component on your computer has an exclusive driver that governs its operations on the system. This is the same with computer mice. Like every other driver software, this can also get corrupted, due to several reasons.

Eventually and inevitably, your mouse drivers will also become outdated and has to be updated regularly. There are three ways to fix this circumstance – update, uninstall and reinstall or roll back the drivers for the mouse device.

Weak Batteries (Wireless Mice)

If you are using a wireless mouse, there is the possibility of the batteries becoming weaker over time. The replaceable batteries deplete after a span of usage and must be renewed. The mouse pointer will become stuck at some points on the screen and will not travel smoothly or without interruption, which is the most visible indicator of a low battery.

If the wireless mouse has an LED light underneath the motion detector, it may become dimmer as the battery life diminishes.

Certain Enabled Mouse Settings Configuration

Your mouse pointer may jump around on your screen due to certain system configurations. Some enabled options may consume a lot of resources, preventing the drivers, especially display-related, from supporting mouse pointer functionality. This can also be caused by certain changes in the mouse-related settings.

Interferences from the Touchpad

Using a touchpad on your laptop while a mouse is connected to it, can also cause a lot of mouse issues. When this happens, the system will have trouble detecting the motion from both of these sources. This action may not be intentional but it can happen when a slight nudge of the hand happens to your mouse, as you use the touchpad.

Hardware Damage

It’s possible that the gadget won’t work when your mouse is broken. It’s difficult to be productive with a broken mouse. If the mouse sensor fails, the mouse will become inoperable, leaving you with no choice except to replace it or get it repaired. Mice are often manufactured of plastic materials, making them brittle and vulnerable to harm.

If the mouse sensor is coated in dust, it may cease operating. If there is grit behind the buttons, you will be unable to push them, and even if possible, they may not respond. It’s a good idea to clean the mouse and also other peripherals.

To clean the intricate parts of your mouse, you can utilize toothpicks gently, or a cotton bud dipped in a mild soap solution. If you prefer to use a toothpick to remove dirt particles, be cautious not to break it while cleaning.

Lack of Mouse Surface Balance

There will be no adequate flat surface for the mouse’s motion detector to rely on when the mouse is set on an uneven surface. Though you are using a mouse pad, tiny solid objects, like grit or food particles, can get beneath the mouse somehow. If the mouse is set on such a surface, you will be able to see the pointer move randomly as the mouse sits unstably. 

Check to see if the surface is level and smooth. If you don’t have a mousepad, don’t move your mouse on a plain tabletop or the floor.

Quick Solutions for the Mouse Jumping around Windows 10 issue

  1. Change the Wireless Mouse Batteries
  2. Use a different USB port
  3. Look for hardware damages
  4. Perform a malware scan
  5. Run Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter
  6. Update the Mouse Driver to the latest version
  7. Remove and Reinstall the Mouse Driver
  8. Uninstall the other Mouse devices
  9. Update the Windows OS on your system
  10. Turn off your laptop Touchpad
  11. Change the HID type
  12. Make changes in the touchpad delay time
  13. Turn off Pointer Precision

Addressing the Mouse Jumping around Windows 10 issue

Change the Wireless Mouse Batteries

Mouse Jumping around Windows 10 - Kensington wireless mouse

Batteries are required for all wireless mice. When you initially see the first visible signs – choppy cursor movements or a jumping mouse pointer – a low power on the AA or AAA batteries may be rather aggravating. These mice have fully accessible backs where the batteries must be inserted correctly into the slot(s). 

Use a different USB port

It is important to figure out if the problem is with the USB port or the device drivers before you can fix it. Since the problem can be with the port, the easiest way to find out is to check it with another port on your system. If the mouse works when connected to a different port, it means that your computer’s USB port needs looking into.

USB ports

Alternatively, you can use a USB hub here. A USB hub not only provides additional slots for plugging devices into USB ports but also ensures a more stable connection to the computer.

Note: If your system or the USB device is brand new, there’s a good possibility the pin or port is USB 3.0. Newer USB pins do not work as they should, with the older version 2.0 ports. 

Look for hardware damages

It is possible for your mouse to malfunction when it is damaged. One of the symptoms of this would be the jumping cursor. Since this piece of hardware is made out of fragile materials, it can get damaged when it undergoes some form of damage. If you see any visible damage like a dent or crack, you will need to take your mouse to the service center and get it fixed.

You can also try shaking the mouse gently to hear any rattling noises. This means that a small part inside the mouse shell is broken or has been dislocated. If you hear a noise, you might have to get a new mouse.

Perform a malware scan

Viruses and other forms of malware can be responsible for a lot of issues one of which is the mouse pointer jumping issue. Malware scans can help find out if a file on your computer is causing the jumping cursor issue on your system.

The easiest way to run a malware scan is to use a third-party antivirus software’s scanning feature. If you do not have a subscription to an antivirus program, you can always use the Windows Defender Antivirus to check for viruses.

Note: A third-party antivirus has more features than the Windows Defender antivirus. There are several excellent antivirus programs available for a price and also with no cost.

Run Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter

  • Open the Windows Control Panel and search for Troubleshooter.
  • From the search results, choose the Troubleshooting option, which should be at the top of the window.
  • Click on the Configure a device option under the Hardware and Sound section. You might see an administrator prompt for this. Once you proceed, you will see the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter window show up on your screen.
  • To begin with, the troubleshooting process, click on the Next button, at the bottom right corner of the window.
  • If any issue and its solution have been detected, you will have to click on Apply this fix option.

Update the Mouse Driver to the latest version

  • Open the Device Manager (devmgmt.msc) window using the Run tool, Control Panel, or the search bar.
Mouse and other pointing devices
  • Click on the Mouse and other pointing devices section to expand it into a list of mouse devices, detected by your system. You’ll have one for each mouse or trackpad that you have used with your computer.
  • Now, right-click on the device that you want to update and choose the Update driver option.
  • In the Update wizard window, click on the Search automatically for updated drivers option.

This will find and download updates for your mouse drivers and install them. Most mouse manufacturers have an interface that will notify you when updates are available and install them when prompted. You should be able to find this alternate way to download mouse firmware on the brand website.

Some of these websites may also contain an installer for these software updates. This is also a reliable option to get your mouse driver software up to the latest version. There are also certain third-party tools that can fetch firmware updates for you but why use them, when you can experience the fun of doing it on your own.

Remove and Reinstall the Mouse Driver

  • Launch Device Manager and right-click on the mouse driver. You will find this in the Mice and other pointing devices section.
  • From the context menu, select the Uninstall Device option. This will trigger a warning/confirmation window.
Mouse driver context menu
  • Click on the Uninstall option again and you will no longer be able to see this driver.
  • In order to get a new copy of this driver software again, you have to right-click on the Mice and other pointing devices window and choose Scan for new changes.

Though this procedure will delete the drivers and give them back to you, you still have the risk of a malfunctioning mouse. This is not something we recommend doing because of the technical risks involved in it.

Uninstall the other Mouse devices

You can uninstall the mouse devices from your system using the steps provided in the previous solution. But the only difference here, in this step, is that we will only be removing the devices that you are not using. Only the user will be able to differentiate between the active and idle mouse devices in the Device Manager. The device is generally named after the mouse brand.

Update the Windows OS on your system

  • Bring up the Windows System Settings page. You will find this option in the form of a Gear icon in the Start menu.
  • You will, next, have to go into the Update & Security tab on the settings main page. This will show you the Windows Update page.
  • Now, find and click on the Check for Updates option.
  • If there are any updates, select the Download and Install option when you have a proper internet connection.
  • Once the download is complete, reboot your PC using the Update and Restart option in the Start menu power options. Check if the pointer still keeps fidgeting around on your display.

When there are available updates for your OS, you will get a notification near the task tray indicating the availability of updates for you to download on your system.

Turn off your laptop Touchpad

  • Open your computer’s Device Manager. Here, you will need to find the Mice and other pointing devices section again.
  • Expand this and locate the touchpad device.
  • Right-click on it and choose the Disable option.
Disable option

You could also be familiar with the Windows Settings option to disable the touchpad when a mouse is connected to the system. This is not the same as completely making the touchpad dysfunctional at will. This option will not help you here.

Change the HID type

  • Bring up the Services window on your system using the services.msc command executed through the Run tool.
  • Scroll down till you find the Human Interface Device Service. You have to open this service’s properties window by double-clicking on it.
Human Interface Device Service
  • Now, unfold the Startup type drop-down menu and set it to Automatic.
Automatic option in the Startup menu
  • Then, click on the Start button to kickstart this process.
  • Finally, select Apply and OK to save these changes. Once the window has been closed, restart your system for the changes to take place.

Make changes in the touchpad delay time

  • Go to the Devices tile in the Windows Settings app (Windows + I keys).
  • On the left tab panel, select the Mouse & Touchpad tab.
Mouse & Touchpad
  • Bring the drop-down menu down in the Touchpad area and choose No delay (always on).

Turn off Pointer Precision

  • Open the Settings application on your Windows PC.
  • Go to the Devices settings time and proceed to the Mouses option.
  • Now, click on the Additional mouse options link.
  • In the Pointer options tab, check the Enhance Pointer Precision checkbox.
Enhance Pointer Precision checkbox

The above are the solutions that can help you fix the mouse jumping around the issue on your Windows 10 PC. If you still face this issue, you can consult with the Microsoft support team or talk to the mouse manufacturer’s customer care. If none of these steps work, you might have to get a new mouse even. Happy Browsing!