A visible mouse cursor is always useful, but there are times when you just don’t need it to be visible. Here’s how to hide the mouse cursor in games or apps on Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Windows generally always show your mouse cursor. But the mouse cursor is not needed when playing games like Minecraft or when you use some particular apps like BlueStacks, or in any case when you just don’t want to show the mouse cursor.
Windows actually provide a way to hide the mouse cursor under some conditions. There are also ways to remove or make the mouse cursor invisible for a while, like after every few seconds you don’t move it, by using a third-party app.
Why hide the mouse cursor?
There are a few benefits to hiding the mouse cursor on Windows. One is that it can help reduce screen clutter, making it easier to focus on the content on the screen. Additionally, hiding the cursor can prevent accidental clicks and help improve your overall productivity.
How do I hide the mouse cursor on Windows 10 and Windows 11?
You hide the mouse cursor on Windows 10 and Windows 11 by enabling the setting that says “Hide pointer while typing”, which can be accessed by going to the “Change the mouse pointer display or speed” settings that you can search on the Start menu.
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Hide the mouse cursor while typing on Windows 10
If you find your mouse pointer or cursor still shows when you type, make sure this setting is turned on.
- Simply search pointer when opening the Start menu, and select Change the mouse pointer display or speed.
- Open the Pointer Options tab. Checkmark the Hide pointer while typing option. Select OK to save.
- Now, every time you type, your mouse cursor will automatically hide. It will show again every time you move its position.
Hide the mouse cursor while typing on Windows 11
Hiding the mouse cursor on Windows 11 can be done almost the same way:
- Press the Start button, and begin typing “pointer”. Click the result that says “Change the mouse pointer display or speed”.
- On Pointer Options tab, checkmark Hide pointer while typing. Select OK to save.
Hide the mouse cursor after a while
If you need more, you can actually hide your mouse cursor after some specific seconds you leave it unmoved. You can also set specifically the timer.
- Download the app above. You can also use the portable version.
- Open it, or extract it if you downloaded the portable version.
- Checkmark the Hide when a key is pressed to hide it while typing or pressing any key. Set the timer by dragging the timer bar. This will hide the cursor when a key is pressed.
- It will automatically apply, so there’s no need to save this setting. If you want to turn this off and show the mouse cursor normally, simply close the app.
How do I hide the cursor while playing games?
You can hide the cursor while playing full-screen games by moving the cursor to the right side of the screen. If your mouse is untouched or disabled, it will not move while you play games.
There’s, fortunately, a way to hide your mouse cursor after a while. The better thing is that you can set your own timer. This can be useful for specific scenarios when you just don’t want to show the mouse cursor.
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Dony Prasetiyo has been writing on monkeymanifesto.com for about two years, intended to help solve computer and smartphone problems with easy-to-understand blog posts. He has written over 480 blog posts about Windows, Office, Android, and more.