How to fix mouse jumps on Windows 10

Andrew Wafer
by Andrew Wafer
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When using a Windows 10 computer, notebook or a desktop it should be all about completing your tasks easily and in the shortest time possible. And for being able to achieve the best Windows experience you need to use your mouse, touchpad and keyboard without dealing with any sort of problems.

So, if your mouse can’t be properly handled  your actions and if there are malfunctions that interfere with your work, you need to find a quick and permanent fix. In that respect, during the following guidelines we will show you how to solve mouse jumps on Windows 10.

Mouse jumps on Windows 10: Here’s how to quickly fix issue

  1. Make sure that’s nothing wrong with your mouse
  2. Check the associated drivers
  3. Adjust the touchpad delay time
  4. Adjust the settings from Control Panel
  5. Scan your computer

1. Make sure that’s nothing wrong with your mouse

First of all you need to check if there isn’t a hardware problem involved. I know, maybe you already tried this, but this is the first thing that you should verify. So, take your mouse and use in on a different computer.

Also, if you connect your mouse through a USB port, try to use another USB socket and see if from there the problem still persists. If everything works as it should, then there’s nothing wrong with the actual mouse; of course, otherwise just replace the mouse and problem solved.

Now, if you’re looking for a reliable mouse, this list can help you.

2. Check the associated drivers

You need to make sure that on your Windows 10 device you have the right drivers installed. But, before doing so, make sure that only one driver for the mouse is installed – for eliminate further conflicts uninstall the drivers associated with other hardware that was previously used on your computer. So, let’s update the drivers:

  1. Go to Device Manager – click on the Windows Search field (click on the Cortana icon) and enter Device Manager; then select the first result.device manager fix mouse jumps pc device manager
  2. From Device Manager navigate towards Mice and other pointer devices.
  3. Right-click on each driver and select Update.
  4. Also, eliminate drivers that are not currently in use.
  5. Then, restart your Windows 10 computer and see if that resolved the mouse jumps in Windows 10 problem.

If after updating the driver the issue is still there, try to perform this operation manually. Go back to Device Manager and uninstall the driver associated with your mouse. Then, access the official web page of the mouse manufacturer and download / install the drivers manually.

3. Adjust touchpad delay time

In some situations using both mouse and touchpad might create a sort of conflict between these two hardware components. So, try to make some adjustments as showed below:

  1. Press Win+I hotkeys on your computer.
  2. This will bring System Settings; from there click on Devices.system settings windows 10 fix mouse jumps pc settings windows 10
  3. Next, select Mouse & touchpad tab.
  4. Pick Touchpad from the next window.mouse and touchpad fix mouse jumps pc mouse & touchpad
  5. Change the delay time by using the dropdown menu.
  6. Set the delay to different values and test your mouse; if the random jump disappears it means you just found the right fix for your problem.
  7. Disable touchpad

Due to same reasons as explained during the previous troubleshooting solution, you need to try to disable touchpad for trying to fix your mouse jumps in Windows 10 error:

  1. Click on the Touchpad icon located in the Task bar – click on the arrow located near the clock and then right-click on the touchpad icon.
  2. Select Property of Touch-Pad and from the next window switch to the tab associated with your own Touchpad. fix mouse jumps pc mouse properties
  3. From click the Stop Device button or check the Disable when external USB pointing device plug in checkbox.

4. Adjust settings from Control Panel

  1. Access Control Panel on your device – in the Windows Search field enter Control Panel and press Enter.
  2. Access Pointer Options and from there click on Mouse.
  3. Make sure you uncheck the box next to Enhance pointer precision.
  4. Apply and save your changes.

5. Scan your computer

If after completing all the troubleshooting methods from above you are still experiencing problems with your mouse, try to scan your Windows 10 system. Malware or viruses can be the reason why the mouse jumps so you need to remove the malicious program accordingly.

Speaking of which, here’s a list of the best tools that you can use to remove malware for good.

However, I recommend you to run your antivirus / antimalware program (make sure you initiate a full scan) from Safe Mode with networking; here is how you can enter safe mode on Windows 10:

  1. Access System Configuration on your device: press Win+R hotkeys and in the Run box enter msconfig.
  2. From the window that will open switch to Boot tab.
  3. From there click on Safe Boot, located under Boot Options. fix mouse jumps pc msconfig
  4. Also check the Network checkbox.
  5. Click OK and then Apply.
  6. Restart your Windows 10 device.
  7. Resume the scanning process for removing possible malware.

There you go; that’s how you can fix the mouse jumps in Windows 10 problem. Do tell us which troubleshooting solution worked for you by using the comments field from below. Of course, stay close and check out our tutorials for learning further Windows related tips and tricks.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2017 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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