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How to hide the cursor while typing in Windows 10/11

Are you annoyed with the situation where the mouse pointer appears in the text field while input is in progress? If yes, you can easily set it up to hide the cursor while typing on Windows 10 or 11 with just a few simple steps.

Some things to note about hiding the mouse pointer when typing

In both Windows 10 and 11, you’ll have two ways to hide the mouse pointer while typing. The first method uses the built-in option, but will only hide the cursor when entering system applications such as Notepad, WordPad, and Microsoft Word. The pointer will still appear in other apps like Chrome and Edge.

If you want to hide the cursor when typing on all applications, need to use a free and open source tool called Windows Cursor Hider. With simple setup, this app will make sure the on-screen cursor disappears once you start typing on your PC.

(Note: The setup procedures below were done on a Windows 11 PC. The steps are slightly different for Windows 10, but it shouldn’t be too difficult in general.)

Hide the cursor when typing on certain apps

To hide the cursor when typing using the built-in option, first quickly open the Settings application by pressing the Windows + i key combination.

In the Settings window that opens, from the list on the left, select “Bluetooth & Devices“.

Select “Bluetooth & Devices”

On the “Bluetooth & Devices” page, click “Mouse“.

Click on “Mouse”

The “Mouse” settings page will open. Here, in the “Related Settings” section, click “Additional Mouse Settings“.

Click “Additional Mouse Settings”

You will see the “Mouse Properties” window open. At the top of this window, click the “Pointer Options” tab.

 “Pointer Options”

The “Pointer Options” tab will display various settings options for the mouse. Here, in the “Visibility” section, turn on the “Hide Pointer While Typing” option. Then click “Apply” and “OK”.

Turn on “Hide Pointer While Typing”

Done! From now on, when you start typing in an application like Notepad, the cursor will immediately disappear. As soon as you move the mouse or trackpad, the pointer reappears.

Hide cursor when typing in all apps

As mentioned, to hide the cursor while typing on all Windows applications, you can use the Windows Cursor Hider tool. This free tool is available as an executable as well as an AutoHotKey script. Both work the same way.

To use this method, first, open a web browser on your Windows 10 or 11 PC and visit the Windows Cursor Hider page. Scroll down and click on the link to download the application’s executable.

Once the application is downloaded, double-click the corresponding executable to launch it.

Double-click the corresponding executable to launch it

Unlike many other apps, you won’t see the application window or anything pop up. However, Windows Cursor Hider will run in the background and display an icon in your PC’s system tray (area to the right of the taskbar).

 Windows Cursor Hider

To check if Windows Cursor Hider is working, open any application (like Chrome) and start typing in the text field. The cursor will immediately disappear. To bring it back, move the mouse or trackpad.

To disable Windows Cursor Hider, simply right-click the application in the system tray and select “Exit”.

Select “Exit”

We hope you are successful.

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