- The blue cursor loading circle first appeared in Windows 10, having replaced the traditional hourglass loading indicator from previous Windows OSes.
- If you constantly see the blue cursor loading circle, then it means that your PC has run into some issues. In order to fix that, simply follow the steps listed in the article below.
- This guide that we've written is part of our dedicated hub for troubleshooting Boot errors, so make sure you visit it in case you have any other related problems.
- If you are looking for more troubleshooting guides, look no further than our dedicated Fix page.
Even though this issue doesn’t affect the way your Windows 10 operating system works, it can become annoying having a loading circle next to your cursor all the time.
In this article, we will explore some of the best solutions to deal with this issue. Please follow the steps presented in this list in the order that they are presented.
How do I fix a blue loading circle that keeps spinning on Windows 10?
How can I remove the loading circle cursor? Loading circle can appear next to your cursor due to background applications, so the best way to deal with it is to perform a clean boot and disable all unessential applications and services.
If that doesn’t fix the problem, try repairing your MS Office installation. Lastly, make sure to end all printing tasks by ending the Spooler process.
What to do if cursor won’t stop loading on Windows 10?
Note: To avoid any unnecessary issues, please make sure to first create a restore point for your PC. This will allow you not to worry about any irreversible changes that could occur during this fix.
1. Perform a clean boot of your PC
- Press the Windows + R keys on your keyboard, then type msconfig.
- In the General tab, make sure to check the Selective startup box.
- Uncheck Load Startup Items.
- Select the Services tab, and check the box Hide all Microsoft services.
- Click on Disable all.
- Select the Startup tab, and click on Open Task Manager.
- In the newly opened Task Manager window, select the Startup tab, and disable all services that are enabled.
- Now you can click OK, and restart your computer.
- After the restart is completed, press the Windows Key + R keys, then type msconfig in the window that opens and press Enter.
- In the System Configuration window, click on Services tab, and check the box Hide all Microsoft Services.
- Select only half of the boxes that are ticked, and enable them.
- Click OK > and then Restart your PC.
Sometimes third-party applications in the background can cause cursor loading circle to appear.
Note: After the restart process is completed, it is now recommended to check if the issue still persists.
- If the issue still exists, perform steps 1 to 8 and select the other part of the Services you enabled.
- If the issue doesn’t come up anymore, repeat the steps 1 to 8, but select only the Services you did not select the first time.
- If there is only one service selected in the Services list and you still have the issue, it means that you identified the service that is causing issues
In order to be able to boot up your Windows normally after the changes we performed in the above-mentioned steps, follow this guide:
- Press Windows Key + R keys, type in msconfig and then click OK.
- In the General tab, select Normal startup.
- After clicking OK, restart your PC.
2. Repair your MS Office installation
- Press Windows Key + X, and select Apps and Features.
- In the Apps and features list, search for MS Office, click on it and choose Modify.
- In the new pop-up window, choose Repair.
- Restart your PC.
Corrupted Office installation can also cause loading circle next to your cursor to appear.
3. End the Spooler process
- Right-click on your Taskbar, and choose Task Manager.
- In the Processes tab, search for the process with the name spooler or spool , and select End task.
- Close the Task Manager and check if this solved the issue.
Sometimes spinning loading circle near your mouse pointer can appear if you’ve clicked Print by mistake, without having a printer connected to your PC.
FAQ: Learn more about the cursor loading circle
- When does the cursor loading circle appear?
The cursor loading circle is a clear sign that your Windows 10 PC is running a lot of processes in the background. In order to fix this, check out this detailed article on the matter.
- Are cursor loading circles normal?
If it appears for more than a couple of seconds without you doing anything, then your PC definitely has some tech issues.
- How do I stop the cursor loading circle from appearing?
Make sure you don’t have too many apps starting automatically with your Windows 10 boot. You can do this by using the Task Manager.
In this article, we explored some great methods to deal with the annoying issue of having a loading circle stuck at all times near your cursor.
Also make sure to let us know if this article helped you fix your Windows 10 issue, by using the comment section below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.