The cursor suddenly moving slowly can be a pretty annoying problem, but it’s not uncommon either. It can happen at any time and the consequences range from minor annoyances to lost productivity trying to figure out where the cursor has gone. If the cursor moves slower than usual, here are several solutions that should help.
Check your cursor speed settings
First things first; check if the speed setting on your computer is set too low. Many people have their cursor set quite low when playing games or using intensive software like Photoshop.
To quickly change these settings, right-click anywhere on your desktop and choose Properties, then choose “Mouse”.You will see two sliders under Pointer Options: natural scrolling and maximum tracking speed.
Both determine how many pixels per second you move your mouse relative to how your cursor looks on the screen (ie faster means more pixel movement).
Make sure neither slider is higher than 3200 DPI, as it’s probably too fast, and make sure it’s not lower than 800, because anything below that is usually too slow for most people.
This ensures that there isn’t really anything wrong with your hardware slowing everything down. If you’ve recently made any other changes to your system performance, such as adjusting memory management options or installing new drivers, restart your PC and go through our troubleshooting guide to solving slowdowns caused by faulty updates.
Finally, consider disabling Desktop Composition Effects in the Control Panel’s “Accessibility” View. These may seem nice when you use them, but they don’t always work well together.
In general, disabling compositing makes Windows less jittery and reduces overall CPU usage. If you find yourself stuttering after doing this, go ahead and turn your Composition back on.
If nothing above helped, we recommend using System File Checker (SFC) and Deployment Image Servicing Management (DISM), both of which are free tools built into Windows 7/8.1.
These scan your entire drive and report if there are any corrupt files causing problems. They only take a few minutes to run – much faster than trying every other solution listed below!
Download and install one of the versions based on the Windows version you are currently using.
Once installed, launch each utility and follow the instructions until the process is completed successfully. Then reboot your machine.
Turn off tablet mode
Tablet mode allows touch input via USB ports without driver support. Unfortunately, Tablet Mode has certain drawbacks that often cause problems.
While it provides better multi-touch support, it sometimes causes cursor lag, even on systems with good graphics cards. Therefore, I highly recommend disabling it unless absolutely necessary.
Open Device Manager from Start menu “Search” devmgmt.msc and expand Universal Input Devices.
Right click on Human Interface Core and select Disable Tablet Synaptics TouchPad option.
Restart your computer and hopefully you won’t have a slow mouse anymore.
Using Logitech SetPoint software
Logitech SetPoint is a utility designed specifically for Logitech mice that allows you to customize various aspects of your mouse behavior.
A feature called SmoothScroll tracks scroll speeds and adjusts itself accordingly based on the amount of scrolling that occurs between keystrokes.Another called SmartClicks detects small movements made while typing and prevents accidental clicks.
Finally, the Auto Button feature constantly monitors your buttons and best uses it for specific actions. If none of these features worked for you, try updating SetPoint to the latest version.
The instructions for doing this depend on the model of Logitech mouse you own.
Enable PrecisionX hardware acceleration
PrecisionX provides extra-precise controls for gaming enthusiasts, including sensitivity adjustments, dead zone dimensions, polling rates, etc.
Enabling this can improve responsiveness for applications that require precise mouse movements.
First go to Start Menu ” Control Panel ” Appearance and Personalization ” Region and Language ” Administrative Tools ” Performance Monitor. In the Processes tab, locate wmpncsvc.exe and drag it into the chart window.
Now right click on the chart icon and select Enable full processing.
Then find wmiksvcl.exe and do the same. Repeat these steps for mspolice.exe. That should improve accuracy in games.
Change battery level
Sometimes batteries die, leaving the remaining charge. As a result, the battery life will be lower than expected. Worse, sometimes laptops with dead batteries don’t report you properly.
Fortunately, Windows includes a way to test the health of your main power source.
Type Power Statistics in the Start menu search bar and open the Best Match. From here navigate to Power Source “Change plan settings”.Click the Advanced Plan Settings button, followed by Scan.Wait for the scanner to finish scanning, then return to the previous page.Locate the Health Status field, highlight the current value (probably 100%) and press Enter.
If Critical is displayed, please wait patiently for Microsoft to send you replacement parts. Otherwise, get a new battery or buy a new laptop.
Tweak Gaming Features
Gaming is known for draining your system resources.Fortunately, Windows offers ways to reduce graphics glitches while increasing the frame rate.
Go to Start Menu “Game Explorer” Graphics Properties and enable Force Fullscreen Mode.Also increase the Anti-Aliasing level from 1 to 4. Higher AA levels make game graphics smoother, resulting in less visual artifacts.Keep in mind that increasing AA levels will consume more GPU cycles, further lowering the frame rate.
You can adjust the PhysX settings individually. Go to the Start menu “Play video” Manage additional drivers…” NVIDIA Control Panel.
Look for the highest resolution supported by your monitor and enable High Definition Enhancements. Don’t forget to disable Vsync otherwise. Tweaking these settings should not require any additional adjustments.
Please note that they may slightly affect performance.
Try other mice
In cases where the above solution does not apply, your problem may be with your actual mouse rather than your operating system.Try plugging in another mouse and see if that works before you give up hope.
If everything fails, please contact your mouse brand support directly. They usually offer replacements within 30 days.Hopefully at least one of these tips has solved your problem. Good luck!Have you ever experienced a cursor lag? What have you tried, and were you successful? Let us know in the comments!