How to Fix "Mouse Moving on Its Own" in Windows 10

Dec. 23, 2020 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to Windows 10

After the Windows 10 upgrade, some users encounter mouse problems like mouse moving on its own, no mouse pointer/cursor, mouse and keyboard not working, etc. Sometimes, it seems that your mouse pointer or cursor has mind of its own, and it moves automatically or jumps randomly when it is out of your touching!

How to Fix Windows 10 "Mouse Moving on Its Own" Issue

Vertical or horizontal mouse cursor moving always annoys you when you’re using the computer? Today let’s sit down and fix such Windows 10 “mouse moving on its own” problem. The following are some of the most effective solutions that you can use to fix this issue.

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Method 1: Check Hardware Related to Your Mouse

Firstly, to avoid wasting your time on other useless computer operations, it is very important to check the hardware related to the mouse.

1. Test your mouse on another computer that works normally. If the mouse moving issue still persists, the mouse may be broken and it is recommended to use a new one.

2. Check the mouse itself, including the buttons, the cable and the USB or PS/2 port. Make sure the buttons function and the cable is intact.

3. If you’re using a wireless mouse, check whether there’s enough power of it. If you’re using a HID-compliant mouse, click here for more solutions.

See Also:Fix Mouse/Keyboard Not Working after Windows 10 Update on Feb. 2018

Method 2: Disabling Controller Programs on your PC

Many people use controller utilities to connect and modify their experience with the different controllers such as Xbox or PS Dualshock controller.This controller software also has their own controller program which has a proper mouse feature on it. It might be causing you the problem.

We advise that you disable these additional controller devices and unplug all the controller from your system and restart to check for the problem again. If the problem was associated with them, it will be solved instantly.

Method 3: Update the Mouse Driver and Fix Randomly Mouse Moving

Outdated, incompatible or broken mouse driver or touchpad driver brings about many input device problems, such as USB 3.0 device crashes, mouse not working, randomly mouse pointer moving, mouse cursor disappearing, mouse lagging etc. So go to Device Manager to check if there are yellow exclamation marks beside the names of Mice and other pointer devices. If so, use Driver Talent to repair the mouse driver instantly. This will help to update or reinstall the best-match mouse driver in your Windows 10 and fix the “mouse moving on its own” issue.

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You can use a PS/2 mouse or the touchpad to click the button above to have Driver Talent directly, and then follow the steps below to update the mouse driver.

1. Click Scan to detect all the outdated mouse and touchpad drivers.

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2. Click Update to download and install the best-match mouse driver.

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3. Perform a restart to make the driver changes take effect. (Note: It is recommended to backup drivers before any driver changes.)

Now test your keyboard or mouse or touchpad to see if the mouse pointer moving on its own has been resolved. Hope your mouse and the pointer work normally again.

Method 4: Change Touchpad Delay to Stop Mouse from Moving on Its Own

Check the touchpad if you're using a laptop. Sometimes, the touchpad is so sensitive that makes the mouse pointer moving or jumping around on the screen. You can change the touchpad delay before the mouse clicks work. This will help stop the mouse pointer form accidently moving when you’re typing.

1. Use Windows shortcut keysWin + I to launch Settings.

2. Select Devices.

3. Choose Mouse & touchpad tab.

4. Go to the Touchpad.

5. Change the delay via the drop-down menu.

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Method 5: Try Disabling the Touchpad

To make sure you are not touching the touchpad completely when your thumbs lay on the laptop, you can also disable the touchpad. Try the following to see if the mouse moving on its own issue still persists.

1. Right click on the touchpad icon in the notification area.

2. Then select Property of Touch-Pad.

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3. Click on the Stop Device if you don’t want to use the (Elan) touchpad any more. Or check the Disable when external USB pointing device plug in.

4. Click OK.

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Method 6: Delete Virus or Defective Programs

Virus or malware can also result in mouse pointer moving on its own. Launch your antivirus utility and perform a scan over your computer. Besides, the randomly mouse cursor moving may be caused by some defective programs, services or startups, it is better to perform a clean boot to exclude the possibility.

If you know little about Windows clean boot, see How to Use Windows 10 Clean Boot to Fix PC Errors.

Method 7: Changing Sensitivity of your Mouse

It is possible that the sensitivity of your mouse pointer is so high that whenever you type or move the mouse detects a movement and applies it to your screen; hence the bizarre behavior. We can try changing your mouse movement to a moderate/low level and checking if the problem at hand gets fixed.

  1. Press Windows + X to launch the quick menu. Select Settings.

  2. Click Mouse and open it.

  3. Once in the Mouse settings, click on "additional mouse options".

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  4. Once the new window has opened, navigate to "Pointer Options".

  5. Now under the Motion, you would see the speed of your mouse. Try to change it to a low speed/moderate speed and check the effects on your mouse immediately.

  6. Once you have selected a decent speed for your mouse, save the changes and exit.

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Method 8: Checking for other wireless devices

Many users reported that they owned more than one wireless mouse devices of the same type in their household or surroundings. If they all belong to the same manufacturer, more the reason to investigate.

If another wireless mouse comes in range with your PC, the PC might also register the movements of the other device. As both of the mice are made by the same manufacturer, the computer doesn’t understand which is the real one and also considers the movement of the other. Try taking those mice out of range of your computer and observing if the problem occurs again.

You can also perform this the other way around; bring both mice near your PC, turn both of them on and move them. This way you can easily determine if your PC is registering their movements or not.


All of the above are the possible best solution for fixing Windows 10 "mouse moving on its own" issue. If you know any good methods for this, you can inform us by comment. For more help, please click the LEFT MENU on this page. If you have any other Windows 10-related issues, you can check for solutions in our Windows 10 Issues and Fix section.

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