How to fix a shaky mouse on Windows 10

Mouse cursor movement can be customized for each user; its speed can be increased or decreased, and the number of lines written by the wheel can be customized as well. If you cannot control the cursor well, these are the two settings you should change. However, if the cursor shakes even when the mouse is at rest, these options do little to solve the problem.

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Fix crooked mouse on Windows 10

The mouse is sensitive to movement but will not move on its own. Scratching or cursor cursors may be a software problem or it may be a hardware issue.

1. Look at an established mouse

A mouse needs a smooth surface to operate. It works on rough surfaces but the cursor shakes. Make sure the mouse is on a flat surface. It is better to use a mouse pad than to use it directly on a tabletop.

On that note, make sure the bottom of the mouse is clean. If you are using an older mouse, one with a path ball, wash the way ball to remove the built-in grime.

You should also look at the ‘feet’ of the mouse. They are thin rubber strips that provide some friction but can build up grime itself. Clean them with something soft like a Q-tip.

2. Skip overwritten apps

Apps like screen capture devices, screen recorders, sensors, FPS meters, etc., all reshape the screen. Normally a good app will not block other dynamic elements of OS but one will have a bad development.

If you have such apps running, delete them and the crooked mouse should repair itself.

3. Turn off mouse acceleration

There are many settings in Windows 10 that are aimed at improving the operation of the mouse. It is a simple tool in itself but the options are aimed at making it easier for the user to select items and click more precisely.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Go to Hardware & Audio.
  3. Select Mouse under Tools and Printers.
  4. Go to the Pointer options tab in the window that opens.
  5. Check the ‘Increase point accuracy’ option.
  6. Click Submit.
  7. Restart the system for good measure.

4. Insert and reset mouse

Try uninstalling and resetting the mouse.

  1. Make sure the mouse is connected to your system.
  2. Open Device Manager.
  3. Expand mice and other point devices.
  4. Select your mouse and right click on it.
  5. Select Uninstall tool.
  6. Once installed, disconnect the mouse from your system.
  7. Reconnect the mouse and it will be installed.

5. Use a different mouse

Try using a different mouse with your system. It is possible that the mouse you are using has been physically damaged. If it’s not a very expensive model, you better replace it. If nothing else, it’s worth connecting a different mouse to the system to see if the problem goes away when you do. It will check that the mouse is damaged and needs to be repaired or replaced.


When a mouse vibrates, it usually needs to install apps that try to take control or focus from the default application window. Make sure you check the running apps, and the scripts that are active. They may be interfering with the mouse.

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