No cursor in Google Chrome? 6 fixes to get back mouse cursor

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Having no cursor in Google Chrome makes it very hard for you to browse the web since you can’t navigate with the same freedom.
  • Resolving this issue may include rebooting your PC, restarting chrome, updating chrome, changing chrome settings, and even updating mouse drivers.
  • If you’d like to know more about Google Chrome, we recommend visiting our Chrome Hub.
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Google Chrome is a useful browsing application that caters to no less than 68 percent of the world’s internet browsing needs. Given the disparity, it is obvious that Google Chrome has little margin of error in competing for market share.

However, that doesn’t mean issues are nonexistent. A common error in Chrome is that the cursor vanishes intermittently.

Here are our tips and techniques to unveil your cursor and allow for a more smooth browsing experience with Google Chrome.


What do I do if Google Chrome cursor disappears?

1. Switch your browser

If you notice that this browser issue still persists, then instead of going through the troubleshooting steps trying to fix it, you might as well switch to a different browser.

On that note, we recommend you give Opera a shot. It is built using the same engine as Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, so their extensions are cross-compatible.

More so, this build allow the browser to be fast and powerful, but certain particularities make it far less resource-intensive than its other Chromium counterparts.

As for cursor issues, Opera is highly customizable, and there is plenty of extensions that you can try to greatly enhance its functionality, so issues will no longer be a thing.

Opera

Opera

If you need a web browser that is incredibly stable and has a low chance of error occurences, try Opera now!

2. Update Mouse Drivers

2.1. Update via built-in features

  1. Navigate to Control Panel.
  2. Double-click on Device Manager.control panel device manager
  3. Expand the menu under Mice and Other Pointing Devices.mouse driver update return cursor
  4. Locate your mouse and right-click.
  5. Choose Update Driver.
  6. A command prompt will now ask you how you want to update your driver.
  7. Unless you have drivers already downloaded, choose the Search Automatically option.

mouse driver update

2.2. Use a third-party driver updater

It is much simpler to use a driver updater, such as DriverFix:

  1. Download DriverFix
  2. You don’t need to install it, it is portable
  3. Let it run the initial scan to see which drivers are broken, outdated, or missingDriverFix scans your PC for out-of-date drivers
  4. Choose which drivers to fix
  5. Wait for the process to finish, and restart your PC
DriverFix

DriverFix

This lightweight and portable tool will detect all of your missing or damaged mouse drivers by itself, and update them as soon as possible.
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3. Restart manually

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An important thing to remember is that your cursor hasn’t exactly gone. It is just at the position it was last, and can only become visible once Google Chrome is closed.

This method is only a permanent solution if some background process interferes directly with Chrome and rebooting fixes the interference.


4. Restart your Chrome browser

Restart with Chrome

restart chrome no cursor

Chrome recognizes a few inbuilt commands. One of those commands allows for a direct restart of the browser. All you have to do is type Chrome://restart and press enter to successfully relaunch your browser. Then, check your cursor to gauge its visibility and the lifespan of your newly spawned cursor.

Restart with Task Manager

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to launch Task Manager
  2. Navigate to Processes and end all Google Chrome tasks by using right-click and then End task.end task return chrome cursor
  3. Find the Google Chrome shortcut and launch. To shut down all threads in one command, end the main task.

If your cursor has still not returned to Chrome permanently, then we suggest you keep reading on.


5. Update Google Chrome

  1. Navigate to Options > Help
  2. Select About Google Chrome.about google chrome
  3. You will now see an option to get the latest version of Chrome,if your version isn’t up to date.

chrome update no cursor


6. Disable hardware acceleration on Chrome

  1. Open settings by clicking on Options and selecting Settings in the toolbar.google chrome settings cursor
  2. Scroll to the bottom and select Advanced at the bottom of the page.google chrome advanced settings
  3. Scroll a bit further and find the System menu. Make sure hardware acceleration is disabled.

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If you have no cursor in Chrome, then this guide is for you. Depending on what causes your cursor issue, any one of these fixes can help you regain cursor visibility.

It is important to keep wary of the details surrounding your cursor issues in Chrome so that looking for the solution is easier. If you found this guide useful, or other alternatives to this problem, we invite you to share in the comments below!


FAQ: More on Google Chrome.

  • Why is there no cursor in Chrome?

There is no singular cause for this issue, but potential reasons include background application interference, bugs from defunct previous versions of Chrome, or even faulty mouse drivers.

  • What is the latest version of Chrome?

Since Google is always patching bugs and creating new features, there is always an influx of upgrades that piles up. Fortunately, you can download the latest version and read up on system requirements in our archives.

  • Should I replace my mouse if my cursor disappears in Google Chrome?

Not necessarily. First, test another mouse to your PC. If it works, this means your old mouse is the cause of the problem. Alternatively if your old mouse is visible when Google Chrome is closed, you need no replacement.

  • What should I do if Google Chrome won’t start?

This issue is also very common and affects many Chrome users. However, fret not, and read our section on Google Chrome won’t open in Windows 10.  Let us know which solutions work for you.