The issue with mouse lags and stutters is nothing new in Windows 11. All the mouse stutters and lag that users used to face in Windows, tend to come back to haunt them again. So the mouse is stuttering or appearing to be less responsive, don’t worry. We have some very easy tricks to solve this issue. Just follow the solutions we have mentioned here and your mouse will be acting as normal as it was before the upgrade to Windows 11.
But before you jump into the main solutions, try out these quick tricks.
1. Check the mouse with any other laptop or PC you have.
2. Try to plug in the mouse to another USB port on your system. Check if that reduces the lag or not.
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Fix 1 – Disable mouse trails
The mouse trails on your computer may cause this mouse stuttering or mouse lags.
1. At first, press the Windows key+R keys together.
2. Then, type “main.cpl” and hit Enter.
This will open up the Mouse Options window.
3. Then, go to the “Pointer Options” tab.
4. Here, you will find the ‘Visibility‘ section. Just uncheck the “Display pointer trails” box.
5. Finally, click on “Apply” and “OK” to save these changes.
This will disable the mouse pointer trails on your system but it will fix the mouse stuttering and lagging issue. Check if this works.
Fix 2 – Remove and reconnect (for Bluetooth mouse)
If you are using a bluetooth mouse, you can remove and reconnect the mouse again.
1. Press the Windows key+I keys together.
2. Then, go to the “Bluetooth & devices” on the left-hand side.
3. Here, you will notice all the connected devices. Click on the three-bar menu of the connected USB mouse.
4. Just click on the “Remove device“.
5. Further, click on “Yes” to confirm the removal.
This will remove the Bluetooth device from your system.
6. Once you have removed the device, click on “Add device” on the right-hand side to add the bluetooth mouse again.
8. Now, select the “Bluetooth” device to add it.
9. Just tap on your bluetooth device to add it to your computer.
10. Wait for a few seconds until it adds the bluetooth device.
11. Click on “Done” once you are done.
Try out the connected bluetooth device. This should fix the problem.
Fix 4 – Uninstall and reinstall mouse drivers
You can uninstall and reinstall mouse drivers.
1. Press the Windows key+R.
2. Type “devmgmt.msc” and hit Enter.
3. When the Device Manager opens up, expand the “Mice and other pointing devices” section.
4. Then, right-click on the mouse device and click on “Uninstall device“.
5. Click on “Yes” to uninstall the mouse driver from your computer.
After uninstalling the mouse driver, just close everything and restart your computer.
Fix 5 – Disable adaptive sync settings
If you are using a monitor that supports the NVIDIA Adaptive Sync (Freesync), you may face this mouse stuttering issue. Disabling it should fix it.
1. Click on the Windows icon and type “NVIDIA Control Panel“.
2. Then, click on “NVIDIA Control Panel” in the search results.
2. Once it opens up, look for the “Set up G-Sync” from the left-pane under the ‘Display’ section.
3. Then, uncheck the box “Enable G-Sync, G-Sync Compatible” option.
After that, close the NVIDIA Control Panel. This should stop the mouse lags and stutters.
Fix 6 – Decrease the pooling rate
It seems that Windows 11 is yet to adapt to all the fluid settings of a high-end mouse has to offer. If your mouse has a pooling rate over 500 Hz, the mouse movements seem to lag significantly.
You can check the pooling rate of your mouse with the Mouse Rate Checker tool. Follow these steps to check the mouse pooling rate –
1. Extract the “mouserate” zip.
2. Next, double-click on the “mouserate” tool to run it.
3. Then, move your mouse in the box that says “Move your mouse!“.
4. Check the average pooling rate from the “Average” box.
5. Next, click on “OK“.
Close the Mouse Rate Checker tool.
If you see the average mouse pooling rate is more than 500 Hz, you have to decrease it manually.
You can adjust the mouse pooling rate using the utility tool provided by the mouse manufacturer. Simply opt for any pooling rate below 500 Hz to get rid of this issue.
Extra Tips –
1. If your mouse has an option to switch the DPI settings, increase the DPI of the mouse. This will let you move your mouse pointer more with just a physical drag of the mouse. This process significantly reduces mouse lags, stutters, etc.
2. Mouses do tend to slow down over years of usage because of natural wear and tear. The lag, stutter may cause by this factor. In that case, we recommend you use a new mouse.
Sambit is a Mechanical Engineer By qualification who loves to write about Windows 10 and solutions to weirdest possible problems.