SOLUTION: Mouse cursor freezes after typing in Windows 10

Recently, a client came to me with a problem where his mouse cursor would freeze for a few seconds after pressing any key on the keyboard in Windows 10.  The delay was driving him nuts, and I empathized with him after using the computer for a short time.

In retrospect, the problem appears to be mostly limited to Synaptics drivers, and only on systems where such drivers are installed and active within Windows 10 (which also features its own “precision” touchpad driver settings).

Fortunately, the solution — while elusive — was simple:

  • Search Mouse in the searchbox at the bottom of the screen; Choose Mouse & touchpad settings from the results
  • Choose Additional mouse options
  • Click the ClickPad tab, then click Settings…
  • Click the Advanced tab
  • Set the Filter Activation Time slider all the way to 0.

touchpad(Note the slider just below the touchpad diagram)

That’s it!

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58 thoughts on “SOLUTION: Mouse cursor freezes after typing in Windows 10

  1. Thank you so much! I have tried several different things, and your solution was the one that worked. I am so grateful, as this was driving me nuts.

  2. You are a GENIUS! After going through a lot of forum posts that recommended going into Safe Mode, downloading drivers, changing other mouse parameters and other wild guesses that did not work, YOURS DOES! Thank you so much!

  3. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I’ve tried about 5 other things! Got my hopes up and to no avail, until I tried this. I’m overcome with joy!!!!

  4. This solution worked for the freezing cursor issue. But now my touchpad won’t scroll. Any clues about that?

  5. Update on my comment above: I figured out how to get the cursor scrolling again. But my pointer stil jumps down when I click on an item. That was a problem that started with my Windows 10 upgrade today (in addition to the freezing issue).

  6. This is a problem with the driver itself, which apparently has changed significantly with your upgrade to Windows 10. If you mean you’re using a clickpad, try searching for an updated driver version to see if it corrects the problem. If it doesn’t, see if tinkering with other settings in the driver improves the situation.

  7. Your a genius. I’ve spent hours trying to fix this issue and you nailed it! Thanks so much. I donated a dollar. I know it’s not much but I don’t have much.

  8. I have been looking for this solution since so long! Nothing worked, except this solution. Thank you so much, angel!

  9. WOW thank you so much! We have been trying to figure this out for days! We tried every solution that we found online to no avail. This finally did it. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  10. To anyone reading this wondering if this is going to be another dead end solution, STOP RIGHT HERE. THIS IS THE SOLUTION. It’s so simple and it freaking actually works. I empathize with all of my fellow sufferers who are glad to be rid of this nuisance problem!

    Just another set back of Windows 10 besides some of my preferences and settings being reset in certain applications…

  11. I’m afraid this hasn’t worked. I’m on HP laptop. Problem since upgrading to Windows 10.

  12. Hey Thanks a lot, this is working great !!! just got fed up with trying different kind of solution however nothing worked and wasted my time i loss my patients almost …
    Finally i tried your solution and very thankful to you once again…Keep up doing good ..J

  13. Thank you! I was about to cry I was getting so frustrated! This really did solve my problem!

  14. Yes, yes, yes!! (A little WWE Daniel Bryan lingo there 🙂 ). This fixed my issue. Thank you so much!

  15. Ted, honestly, it’s very likely just two separate driver settings battling it out that results in the problem. If either one was functioning by itself, it probably would not be an issue.

  16. I was seriously thinking of switching back to windows 8.1 just because of this problem. I tried 3 other “solutions” and this one was the only one that worked. Thank you for this super easy fix!

  17. Absolutely awesome. I thought this was a feature of Windows 10 and it was driving me round the best. Thanks mate. 🙂

  18. I cannot thank you enough!! I’ve been searching this for a week and a half since my computer upgraded to Windows 10 without my permission…

  19. Thank you so much for posting this fix! My laptop upgraded to Windows 10 Saturday (I have been ignoring the prompt for a long time). After that my mouse was freezing and it was driving me crazy as I use my laptop for school. I was actually getting ready to start searching to buy a new one, because I could not take much more of this and the other fixes that I tried didn’t work. Thank you again!!

  20. thank a lot dear.. i was struggling from this cursor sticking problem since the inception of window 10…now i am feeling free..thank u brother..all the best..

  21. Thank you sir, I bow to your superior knowledge and troubleshooting abilities; that issue was driving me bananas!

  22. Thanks a lot…. it worked like a magic… was facing this issue since last few months…You are awesome…God bless u 🙂

  23. I think this is solution only if one has the same driver.

    I am using desktop PC, my mouse freezes randomly,
    but I have no such menu as describer there.
    Any other way to find the “Filter Activation Time” option?

  24. For those of you who cannot find the “clicktab” (I am also an HP user): 1) go to mouse settings 2) click additional mouse options 3) in the “device settings” tab click settings 4) click on “PalmCheck-Enhanced” 5) click the now showing gear button directly to the right of the text “PalmCheck-Enhanced” 5) you should now see the slider for the Filter Activation Time

  25. On some laptops after clicking “Additional Mouse Settings” it will take you to “Mouse Properties” and if you see the “Synaptics Touchpad ” disabled you click “Enable” and that will do the trick and you will be home and dry.

  26. Mousepad freezes ,working for sometime while pressing any key.
    Again stops working and have to press keys again nd again to make mousepad work.
    Lenovo G505

  27. If you can’t find Clickpad after Additional Mouse Options:
    Additional Mouse Options > Mouse Properties > Device Settings > Settings > Pointing > PalmCheck (gear button) > slide to minimum.
    Apparently Windows thinks it’s impossible to move your mouse after 1 second of typing so that must be your palm brushing against the touch pad -_-

  28. `its not a bug its a feature` hurr durr
    it happens because there is a mechanism to prevent accidental operation of touch pad while typing, for some reason the period between stopping typing and touchpad activation is too long

  29. If you’re using an HP Windows 10, Synaptic LmBus touchpad and you can’t find any of these settings mention, open your mouse setting, additional settings, hardware, properties, change settings, driver, Update driver, browse my computer for driver software, PS/2 Compatible Mouse.!! Restart your computer and Wa-lah! You can type and move your mouse at the same time!… Took me about a week to figure this out.

  30. This is a title snipe. This is unrelated to general users of Windows 10. Get this off.

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