This is a tricky problem if your mouse not working in Windows 11. Do you know what you should do to fix the issue? In this MiniTool post, we collect some easy methods. You can try them to help you out.

Mouse Not Working in Windows 11

When you using Windows 11, a new version of Windows, you might encounter different kinds of issues. For example, your mouse is not working in Windows 11 suddenly. Or perhaps, your mouse lagging in Windows 11.

Mouse not working in Windows 11 contains but is not limited to the following situations:

  • Mouse not responding
  • Mouse not moving
  • Mouse not clicking

No matter which situation you are facing, you can’t use your mouse to operate your Windows 11 computer. This issue can also happen in Windows 10. To help you solve the issue, we collect some useful methods and show them in this post.

Tip: As for the mouse lagging or stuttering issue, we have a related post. You can try the solutions mentioned in this post: How to Fix Mouse Lag in Windows? Try These Simple Methods!

Solution 1: Restart Your Computer

When using a computer, some temporary files are generated by visiting a webpage, uninstalling programs, or doing something else. Some temporary files may get corrupted, causing the mouse not working or responding in Windows 11/10.

However, it is easy to remove these temporary files: you just need to restart your computer. After that, you can go to check if you can use the mouse as usual.

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Solution 2: Re-Connect the Mouse or Use another USB Port

If your mouse is not working or moving in Windows 11 and the issue persists after you reboot your computer, you need to check the connection between your mouse and your computer. You can re-connect the mouse or use another USB port to have a try.

Solution 3: Replace Battery if You Are Using a Bluetooth Mouse

If you are using a Bluetooth mouse, you should consider the battery issue. The battery might run out of power. You can replace the battery. Then, restart your computer to see whether the issue is solved.

Solution 4: Set to Show Mouse Pointer

If you are using a laptop, you can use the touchpad to change the settings.

While, if you are using a desktop computer, you can use your keyboard to do it. The most frequently used keys are the Tab key (switch among tabs), the Arrow keys (switch among options under the same tab), the Plus and Minus keys (check and uncheck), and the Menu/Document key (right-click).

In Windows 11

  1. Go to Start > Settings > Accessibility > Mouse > Mouse pointer > Mouse > Additional mouse settings.
  2. In the Mouse Property interface, switch to Pointer Options and check Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key.
  3. Click OK to save the change.
  4. Restart your Windows 11 computer.

enable mouse pointer

In Windows 10

  1. Go to Start > Settings > Devices > Mouse.
  2. Click the Additional mouse options link under Related settings.
  3. The Mouse Properties interface pops out. Then, switch to Pointer Options and check Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Restart your Windows 10 computer.

Solution 5: Update/Reinstall the Mouse Driver

The mouse not clicking or moving issue can also be caused by an outdated mouse driver. To rule out this possibility, you can update or reinstall the mouse driver.

The following guide is available in both Windows 10 and Windows 11. We just operate it in Windows 11. Likewise, if you are using a desktop computer, you can use the keyboard to do the following things:

  1. Use Windows Search to search for device manager and click the first result to open it.
  2. Expand Mice and other pointing devices.
  3. Right-click the mouse and select Update driver or Uninstall device (according to the action you want to take).
  4. Follow the on-screen instruction to update the driver or install the device.
  5. Restart your computer. If you choose to uninstall the device, Windows will automatically install the latest driver on your device.

update driver or uninstall device

Solution 6: Remove the Idle Mouse

If you connect both a physical mouse and a Bluetooth mouse with your computer, the mouse not working issue can easily happen in Windows 11/10. So, you should remove the idle mouse from your device and restart your PC. Then, the other mouse should work normally again.

Solution 7: Update Your Windows Operating System

Keep your system up-to-date can also solve the issue you are facing.

Update Windows 11

In Windows 11, you should go to Start > Settings > Windows Update to check for updates and upgrade Windows 11 to the latest version.

update Windows 11

Update Windows 10

In Windows 10, you should go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update to check for updates.

update Windows 10

Other Solutions

The above are the main methods to solve the mouse not working in Windows 11/10 issue. But they are not all. There are also some other available solutions. For example, you can turn off the tablet mode in Windows 10, clean boot your computer to find the incompatible app, turn on ClickLock in Mouse Properties, and disable fast startup on your computer to fix the issue.

Bottom Line

When your mouse is not working/moving/responding/clicking in Windows 11/10, you can try the methods mentioned in this post to fix the issue. We hope you can find an effective method here. If you have other available solutions, you can let us know in the comments.

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