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How to Fix Mouse Stuttering and/or Lagging in Windows 10

How to Fix Mouse Stuttering and/or Lagging in Windows 10

Did it ever happen to you, all of a sudden and without any warning or apparent reason, that your mouse starts lagging or stuttering (or both) and behaving completely crazy, jumping around on the screen like it’s possessed?

It happened to me over the weekend (because this kind of problems seem to only happen when you have some extra time for yourself) and it drove me crazy: nothing seemed to make sense, the batteries of my wireless mouse were OK and everything else seemed fine. Still, my mouse was stuttering and lagging and refusing to accept my commands.

So I decided to investigate, find a solution and I am now here to help you as well if you’re in the same stage as I was in: here’s how to fix mouse stuttering and lagging in Windows 10 (or any version of Windows or OS, actually).

I think it goes without saying that the stuttering happens when using my wireless mouse – and you probably have the same problem. The solution below might not help if you have something similar caused by a wired mouse, but you can still check it out.

The internet suggests a ton of fixes and I have tried them all, without any luck or improvements – I will list everything you can do, of course, but we’ll start with what was causing my problem and what I believe to be the cause of your problem as well.

The behavior of my mouse was very strange: it would work perfectly fine for a shorter (or longer) period of time, without any jumping or stuttering, and then all of a sudden it started to lag and act all crazy for a while.

I was baffled to find out who was responsible for this and I wouldn’t have guessed it in a million years:

It was my Wireless Router!

I had my Wireless Router positioned right next to my computer and apparently it somehow decided to interfere with the signal my wireless mouse was sending, and this caused all the lagging and stuttering.

It’s very easy to test if that’s your problem too: just turn off your router and wait for a few seconds. If everything goes back to normal and your mouse works as it should, then this is it – this is what was causing the mouse stuttering in the first place!

In order to fix your mouse lagging and stuttering problems in this case, all you have to do it move your Wireless Router at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from the computer.

The more space you can get between the two, the better! Or you can always get a classic wired mouse and keep your router where it used to be – but it’s usually a lot easier to just move the router away.

This managed to miraculously solve my mouse stuttering and lagging problems and I am sure it will help you as well.

NOTE: Any other type of wireless device that’s near your mouse’s USB port might cause the same problems, not just a wireless router. So test them all to make sure that there’s no interference on this matter, even if things used to work fine in the past.

However, if this solution doesn’t work, make sure that you try these other potential fixes for your problem:

– Make sure that your batteries are not empty or nearly empty. When they are, they can cause strange behavior from your mouse.

– Make sure that there are no problems with the USB port you have your mouse/wireless adapter plugged in: simply test your mouse on another computer/laptop and see if it works normally. If it does and none of the other fixes here seem to do the trick, it’s most likely that your USB port decided to go crazy.

– Alternately, simply switch the USB port your mouse is plugged in to see if things change.

– Clean up the sensor of your mouse (the shiny thing on its bottom): a small hair or dust particle could cause all the trouble, so make it a habit to constantly clean it (don’t look directly into it, though, as it hurts your eyes!)

– Make sure that the surface you’re using your mouse on is mouse friendly. If you’re not sure, the best thing would be to get a mouse pad and place it on a flat surface when using your mouse (your bed sheets are not considered a flat surface!)

– In Windows 7 and above, try turning off advanced visual settings like Aero, especially if your computer or laptop is an older model.

In order to turn off the Aero Options, right click anywhere on your desktop and select “Personalize”.

In the new window, choose any of the themes under the “Basic and High Contrast themes” and you’ve disabled Aero, which uses up quite a bit of resources and might be the cause for mouse stuttering and lagging.

But I personally believe that in most cases, it will be the Wireless Router interfering with the signal sent by your wireless mouse, and moving the Router away will fix your problem instantly.

If not, at least some sort of interference will be the cause of the mouse stuttering problems you’re experiencing, so shut them off one at a time (or all together) to see which is the culprit.

Did you manage to find other solutions to this problem? If you did, don’t hesitate to help others in a similar position by sharing your solutions below.

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Thursday 19th of December 2019

Thanks so much, for me it wasn't my router but I dumbly put my (bluetooth headset dongle) and my (wireless mouse dongle) in USBs positioned right next to each other on my laptop, i've now separated them and even the sound stuttering with music has cleared up. Sometimes the problem is so simple I overlook the simplicity of the solution.

Michael Lederer

Thursday 28th of November 2019

I tried all the solutions posted online and none of these worked for me. Disabling Aero for me was unacceptable. My issue persisted on both my custom PC builds running Windows 7 64 bit OS and Windows 10 64 bit OS. Both had plenty of memory and CPU bandwidth. I tried cleaning the optical sensor, positioning further from electronics that may interfere including my router, moving closer to the wireless mouse sensor, updating BIOS and drivers, restoring my OS, adding RAM, disabling browser hardware acceleration, modifying msconfig advanced options and advanced system settings, modifying system properties settings including visual effects and virtual memory page file, disabling services, uninstalling & reinstalling software, you name it and to no avail. I finally gave in and bought another mouse and the problem went away which indicated that it was specific to my Logitech All In One Keyboard with an Anywhere MX mouse. I was able to resolve the issue by disabling Logitech's Smart Move setting. After disabling Smart Move my Logitech mouse stopped stuttering/lagging. I hope this helps.

Calin Ciabai

Thursday 28th of November 2019

Thank you for sharing your fidings, Michael. I am sure it is helpful.


Tuesday 6th of August 2019

I have been going nuts with re-installing software, reboots, standing on one foot while reciting the alphabet backwards. Thank you!!!

Calin Ciabai

Sunday 11th of August 2019

You're welcome! Happy to hear this worked.

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