How To Fix Mouse Cursor Moving In The Opposite Direction On Windows 11

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Although Windows 11 offers a variety of exciting new features and enhancements, it also occasionally exhibits odd behavior. The mouse cursor going in the opposite way is one such annoying problem that some users experience. Do not worry if you encounter this bothersome issue. In this article, we'll walk you through four quick fixes for Windows 11's mouse pointer going in the wrong direction.

Update mouse drivers 

Making ensuring your mouse drivers are current is the first step in resolving this problem. Cursor behavior can become unpredictable due to outdated or corrupt drivers. These steps should be followed to upgrade your mouse drivers:

  1. In the context menu, choose "Device Manager" by pressing the Windows key plus X.
  2. Expand the "Mice and other pointing devices" category in the Device Manager window.
  3. Choose "Update driver" from the drop-down menu when you right-click your mouse.
  4. Select "Search automatically for updated driver software" to direct Windows to the most recent drivers available online.
  5. If a new driver is discovered, install it by adhering to the on-screen directions.

Modify Mouse Settings

Incorrect mouse settings can also cause problems. These settings can be changed to help solve the issue. This is how:

  • To launch the Windows Settings app, press Windows key + I.
  • To choose a mouse, click "Devices" and then "Mouse" in the left-hand panel.
  • Select "Additional mouse options" from the "Related settings" column.
  • Go to the "Pointer Options" tab in the Mouse Properties box.
  • Eliminate the check mark next to "Enhance pointer precision."
  • To save the changes, click "Apply" and then "OK".

Adjust Your Mouse

The opposite-moving cursor can also be fixed by calibrating your mouse. To adjust your mouse's settings:

  1. To launch the Run dialog box, use the Windows key + R.
  2. To launch the Mouse Properties window, enter "main.cpl" (without the quotations).
  3. Toggle to the "Pointer Options" tab, then select "Pointer Options."
  4. Click the "Calibrate" button in the "Visibility" section of the Mouse Properties box.
  5. To finish the calibration procedure, adhere to the on-screen directions.

Examine for Malware or Conflicts with Third-Party Software

Malware or competing third-party software might create mouse problems in some circumstances. Run a thorough malware check and temporarily disable non-essential third-party software to ensure this isn't the case. Here's how it's done:

  • Use a trustworthy antivirus tool to run a comprehensive system scan and remove any potential malware threats.
  • To launch the System Configuration window, press Windows key + R, type "msconfig" (without quotes), then press Enter.
  • Navigate to the "Services" tab, select "Hide all Microsoft services," and then click "Disable all."
  • Navigate to the "Startup" tab and select "Open Task Manager."
  • All non-essential starting elements can be disabled by right-clicking on them and selecting "Disable."
  • Close the Task Manager and then press the "OK" button in the System Configuration box.
  • Restart your computer to make the changes take effect.


It can be aggravating to have the mouse cursor move in the opposite direction, but happily, Windows 11 provides simple remedies to this problem. We covered four techniques in this blog post: updating mouse drivers, tweaking mouse settings, calibrating your mouse, and looking for malware or third-party software incompatibilities. You should be able to get your mouse pointer back on track and enjoy a seamless computing experience on Windows 11 by following these step-by-step steps.

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