Automatically Hide The Mouse Cursor on Inactivity

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 28, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows software

Have you ever noticed that the mouse cursor tends to get in the way when you are editing text in your operating system or on the web? It happens that the cursor is directly on top of a character or characters on the screen so that these chars cannot be identified properly until you move the cursor away first.

The cursor may also be in your way when you are watching videos on your computer, or reading an ebook, document or spreadsheet.

There is no native option to hide the mouse cursor in the Windows operating system, which means that you either have to rely on third party applications or the manual method of moving the mouse cursor way.

auto hide mouse cusor

Auto Hide Cursor Free is a free application for the Windows operating system that hides the mouse cursor automatically after some time of inactivity. Once you stop using the mouse, you see a timer running down in the application window. When this timer reaches the end, the mouse cursor is automatically hidden on the system.

You can still continue using the keyboard without changing the state of the cursor. The program is a portable application that you can start right after you have unpacked it on your system.

Non-German speakers should click on the LNG button in the footer to change the interface language to English. The timer is set to five seconds by default, which can be changed to a minimum of 3 seconds, or a maximum of 100 seconds. The new grace period becomes available immediately after that modification has been made.

You can add the program to the start of the operating system, configure it to be always on top, or automatically hidden in the system tray whenever it is started.

Auto Hide Mouse Cursor uses little memory and cpu when it is running. The program is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. It can be downloaded from the author's Software OK website.


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  1. Anon said on August 25, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Bug Report for versions 2.16 and 2.18 of AutoHideMouseCursor: Windows 10 64bit = Display set to “Change the size of text, apps, and other items 125%”. At the default 100% display size setting the software works correctly all the time; but at the 125% setting software will usually NOT hide the cursor (although inconsistantly sometimes it will hide where it did not hide just previously). Adjustment of every one of the AutoHideMouseCursor settings had no effect, so this appears to be an interaction between the software and the Windows 10 display handler.

  2. Anonymous said on June 5, 2016 at 1:35 am

    doesn’t work with full-screen video using flash player on windows 10

  3. Adrian said on September 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    This program is fantastic. Has really helped me. Thank you!

  4. Alex said on February 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    It would be cool to have the option to change the cursor to a dot as well, instead of hiding it, so you can still tell where it is.

  5. Ademas Z3MN said on February 28, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Nice info, Martin! Thanks :D

  6. Alexander said on February 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Great post, I enjoyed reading it! Keep posting good stuff like this.

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