FIX: Windows 10 cursor selects everything

By: Elsie Otachi
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There’s nothing more irritating and annoying than using a mouse while working on your computer and the cursor or mouse selects everything.

This issue may look complicated or make you think that there’s a virus on your computer (which shouldn’t be ruled out though), but there are a few work arounds for this which are listed below.

Windows 10 mouse selects everything

  1. Preliminary fixes
  2. Run hardware and device troubleshooter
  3. Check selection settings in Word
  4. Change Use smart paragraph selection and Use smart cursoring options
  5. Install drivers in compatibility mode
  6. Run SFC scan
  7. Boot in safe mode
  8. Perform a clean boot
  9. Update drivers
  10. Make mouse easier to use on Ease of Access center
  11. Uncheck ClickLock
  12. Permanently disable sticky keys
  13. Uninstall and reinstall touchpad driver
  14. Change the blink rate value of the cursor
  15. Uncheck Enable Edge Swipes

1. Preliminary fixes

  • Reboot your computer
  • Try a different keyboard
  • Try a different mouse as yours could be broken
  • Scan your computer for any viruses using Microsoft Safety Scanner tool.

2. Run hardware and device troubleshooter

  • Click Start and type Troubleshooting in the search box
  • Click Troubleshooting
  • Select Hardware and sound
  • Click Hardware and Devices then click Next to start the process and find out what could be the issue.

3. Check selection settings in Word

  • Click on the Windows orb in the top corner
  • Choose Word options (next to exit button)
  • Click Advanced
  • Uncheck When selecting, automatically select entire word

— RELATED: How to fix mouse lags in Windows 10 (and make it fast again)

4. Change Use smart paragraph selection and Use smart cursoring options

  • Go to File
  • Select Options
  • Select Advanced
  • Select Editing options and change the two features

5. Install drivers in compatibility mode

  • Download the driver from the manufacturer’s website and save it on your local disk.
  • Right click on the setup file of the driver and select “Properties”.
  • Select “Compatibility” Tab.
  • Place a check mark next to “Run this program in Compatibility mode” and select operating system from the drop down list.
  • Let the driver install and then check the functionality, and also install all the drivers from the manufacturer web site

— RELATED: How to fix mouse movement issues on your Windows PC

6. Run SFC scan

  • Type CMD in search bar and select Command Prompt
  • Right click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator
  • Enter sfc /scannow (note the space between sfc and /)
  • See whether there’s anything in the system files that is causing corruption in the system, hence Windows 10 mouse selects everything.

7. Boot in safe mode

This starts your computer with limited basic files and drivers necessary to run Windows. To do this:

  • Click Start and select Settings
  • Select Update & security

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  • Select Recovery 

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  • Under Advanced startup, select Restart now.

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  • After your PC restarts to the Choose an option screen

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  • Select Troubleshoot 

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  • Select Advanced options and select Startup Settings

 

  • Click Restart.
  • After your PC restarts, you’ll see a list of options. Select 4 or F4 to start your PC in Safe Mode.

8. Perform a clean boot

This helps eliminate any software conflicts and identifies third party apps or startup items causing the issue. To do this:

  • Click start and type msconfig then select System Configuration from the search results.

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  • On the Services tab of the System Configuration dialog box, tap or click to select the Hide all Microsoft services check box

  • Click Disable all.

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  • On the Startup tab of the System Configuration dialog box, tap or click Open Task Manager.

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  • On the Startup tab in Task Manager, for each startup item, select the item and then click Disable.
  • Close Task Manager.
  • On the Startup tab of the System Configuration dialog box, click OK, and then restart the computer.

— RELATED: Fix: Mouse keeps clicking by itself in Windows 10

9. Update drivers

  • Right click Start and select Device Manager
  • Go to Mice and other pointing devices
  • Find your mouse type and right click then select Update driver softwareupdate mouse driver
  • You can select to search for updates automatically or manually. You can also check your device manufacturer’s website for updates, or restart your computer and Windows 10 will automatically install pending updates.

10. Make mouse easier to use on Ease of Access center

  • Click Start and select Control Panel
  • Click Ease of Access center
  • Click Make the mouse easier to use
  • Under the Make it easier to manage windowssection, uncheck Activate a window by hovering over it with the mouse and click OK at the bottom

11. Uncheck ClickLock

  • Click Start and select Control Panel
  • Go to View by and select Large or small icons
  • Click Mouse and open Mouse properties window
  • Check to ensure ClickLock is unchecked

12. Permanently disable sticky keys

  • Click start button on the bottom of desktop page
  • Go to Control Panel
  • Go to Accessibility Options
  • Top section reads StickyKeys. Click Settings next to StickyKeys
  • Go to Keyboard Shortcut and Uncheck use shortcut

— RELATED: Fix: Mouse clicks twice on Windows 10

13. Uninstall and reinstall touchpad driver

  • Launch Device Manager
  • Go to Mice and other pointing devices, you should see the touchpad drivers.
  • Right click on the device and then select “Uninstall”uninstall touchpad driver
  • In the uninstall dialog, make sure you select the option to delete the driver package from the system. This causes the driver package installed earlier to be deleted.
  • On Action menu, select “Scan for Hardware changes”  This will cause the device driver to be reinstalled

Updating drivers manually put your PC to a risk, so we recommend you to download Tweakbit’s Driver Updater (approved by Microsoft and Norton) to do it automatically. Thus you will keep your system away from damage by downloading and installing the wrong driver versions.

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14. Change the blink rate value of the cursor

If the cursor is always selecting everything without blinking, it could be caused by recent changes in keyboard settings. This also happens when the blink rate of the cursor is set to the least value or 0. To fix this:

  • Click Start and select Control Panel
  • Open keyboard settings by clicking on Keyboard on Control panel
  • Under Speed tab, check if you have any settings to increase or decrease cursor blink rate
  • A slider from the least (slow) value to the highest (fast) value should be available
  • Select an appropriate blink rate for the cursor by moving the slider from least to highest value
  • Click Apply then click OK

15. Uncheck Enable Edge Swipes

  • Click Start and select control panel
  • Click All control panel items
  • Select Mouse
  • In the window that opens, scroll to Enable Edge swipes and uncheck it
  • Click Apply

Were you able to fix the Windows 10 cursor selects everything problem? Let us know in the comments section below.

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