How to fix mouse cursor disappearing on Remote Desktop

I wrote a blog post a while back about the disappearing mouse cursor in Visual Studio on virtual machines that I’d connect to using remote desktop. It seems the problem is more widespread and affects most input or editing controls across many applications in the remote desktop session. For example the mouse cursor disappears in Notepad, Word, Excel and other applications.

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Thankfully the fix is a pretty simple one. On the guest machine (that you are remoting into) simply edit the current Windows theme and change the mouse cursor.

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In the Mouse properties window, change the Scheme to Windows Black (system scheme)

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Say hello to your cursor when editing text again!

About Cameron Dwyer

Chief Technology Officer at OnePlace Solutions. Microsoft MVP: Office Dev Passionate about delivering compelling solutions on the Office 365/SharePoint platform. Addicted to coffee.

Posted on May 9, 2018, in Windows and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Oh my gawd, I’d have your babies if it were biologically possible!!!! This has annoyed, angered, frustrated and wasted time for me for SO LONG!!!

    As part of my job I do A LOT of manual editing of large XML config and CSS files directly on servers with Notepad++, and the disappearing cursor has plauged me for over a 2 years now! (since I got my Surface Pro 4).

    THANK YOU!!!!!!

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  2. You are brilliant! Thank you!!!!!

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  3. Just started using Office over RDP – I was lucky to stumble across this page to fix this annoying issue.
    Thanks!

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  4. GUEST or HOST! : I was messed up by which Windows’s pointer would I change for ( Guest or Host ). It’s work when I change the guest os one. Think this help any others like me.

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    • Thanks for leaving your comments, you’re right it might help others! So much so that I’ve updated the article to point out that you should make the change ion the guest (machine that you are remoting into). Thanks

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  5. Thanks a lot… There were many other solutions on net, but yours was perfect.

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