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Fix: The touchpad cursor disappears in Windows 11

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Windows 11 is Microsoft’s latest operating system, it has brought numerous enhancements and a fresh new design to enhance the user experience. However, like any software, Windows 11 also encounter occasional issues. One of those issues that some users have encountered is the disappearance of the touchpad cursor.

If you are facing the touchpad cursor disappearance, in this article, we have discussed a few ways to help you fix the issue.

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Methods to fix the touchpad cursor disappearance in Windows 11

Below we have explained a few ways that might help you resolve the touchpad cursor disappearance in Windows 11.

Restart your device

Restarting your device is the best solution for any problem, and it also works most of the time in resolving the issues. If the errors are being caused by some minor bugs or glitches or interference by other apps on your device, then it might solve them.


Make sure the touchpad hasn’t been disabled from the Function keys

It is possible that you have mistakenly disabled the touchpad from the function keys on your keypad. To enable the touchpad again you have to press the same function key. However, the function keys have different roles in different laptops, in ACER laptops it is F6 and in other laptops, it is F7 or F9 function key which enables/disables the touchpad.


Connect an external mouse

If there is a hardware defect with your laptop’s touchpad, it could become non-functional. To determine if this is the case, you can connect an external mouse and see if the mouse cursor works properly. If the cursor functions normally with the external mouse, it is advisable to visit an authorized service centre to have your touchpad repaired.


Unhide the cursor

When the mouse pointer hiding feature is enabled in your Windows settings, it may cause the mouse cursor to disappear. As you are unable to use the cursor so use the keyboard to follow the steps below.

Step 1: Press the Windows+R keys to start the Run command and then type Control Mouse and hit Enter.

Step 2: Use the arrow keys to switch to the Pointers Options tab.

Step 3: Use the Tab button on your keyboard to move to the Hide pointer while typing setting and then press the Spacebar button to uncheck the box.

Step 4: Move to the Apply button by using the Tab button and hit Enter, then do the same to select the OK button.


Update the driver

It is possible you are using an outdated version of the touchpad driver, updating it might solve the touchpad issues that you are facing. To update the touchpad driver follow the steps below.

Step 1: Press the Windows+X keys and in the menu click on the Device Manager option.

Step 2: In the Device Manager, expand the Mice and other pointing devices and then right-click on your device.

Step 3: In the drop-down menu click on the Update Driver option and then follow the on-screen instructions.

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Akash Singh

Akash Singh

Akash is a law graduate who likes to go for bike rides on the weekends soul-searching for answers to his many existential questions. You can contact him here: singhakash95@pm.me

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