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!

33 thoughts on “How to fix mouse cursor disappearing on Remote Desktop

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  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. 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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    1. 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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  3. Brilliant! I do almost all my work over RDP and this was driving me crazy! I don’t know how many mistakes I made because I couldn’t see the (expletive deleted) mouse pointer.

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  4. This is indeed helpful, thank you so much. My mouse cursor disappeared in remote desktop once after a windows 10 update, since then, I have been searching over the internet for almost a year trying to figure out why. Your solution OFFICIALLY ends the nightmare. Thank you so much for having rescued my life.

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  5. Is there a solution for the Mac users with the same problem?
    Unfortunately, this solution did not fix my Windows 10 mouse cursor issue while working remotely 😦

    Thanks

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  6. Thanks, Cameron. Based on your instructions I dug out an alternative fine grained solution. In the default state of the Scheme ‘None’, in the lower pane ‘Customize’ scroll down and select the line ‘Text Select’. Then via the Browse button below select the cursor file ‘beam_r.cur’. Apply, and voila, the cursor is visible again and the remaining pointers are still white.
    Hope this helps someone else besides me, who likes the original white cursor scheme.

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  7. This also works for the issue of a black box around the mouse pointer in Remote Desktop.
    Thanks for not making a long winded explanation and simply getting to the fix.

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  8. Interesting. We don’t have this problem inside the FW with any combination of machines. With Remote Desktop as a published Citrix app, though, it’s been grating. I was about to start digging into Citrix settings. Thanks for the easy fix.

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  9. Unfortunately, this hasn’t worked for me – I am finding that it will still keep disappearing. It usually happens when I go back to the RDP session from my local computer.

    A quick way I find of getting the cursor back is to press CTRL-ALT-END when in the remote session (same as CTRL-ALT-DEL on the local machine), then pressing “cancel” to get back to the main desktop.

    I’d definitely like to hear of a permanent solution to this as it’s damn annoying.

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  10. [Windows Key]- type “mouse” and use the arrow keys to go to “change pointer size” – [Enter] to select it and then right or left arrow to increase or decrease size brings it back for me. Any quicker keyboard shortcuts? Is there a bug report with microsoft we can upvote to get this fixed?

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