Mouse pointer keeps moving back to same spot

Here’s a quick one… One of those face-palm moments that took me way too long to figure out.

I just spent 20 minutes trying to figure out why my mouse pointer would reset locations on my screen every second or two. I could move the mouse, but it would instantly jump back to the original spot (at the bottom of my screen). I’m in Apple OSX – though this same issue would affect Windows. Using only my keyboard, I tried shutting down every application one by one. Something in my computer was causing my mouse to disappear and move locations. After all my applications were closed, I tried relaunching Finder. Still nothing.

Finally, I try rebooting my entire machine. After it booted, the problem persisted. Becoming very frustrated, I turned off my wireless mouse and went to go to search for a wired mouse to try instead. That’s when the (very delayed) lightbulb went off in my head: my Wacom graphics tablet! Sure enough, I had placed my tablet stylus on the corner of my graphics tablet and it was fighting with my mouse, repositioning my mouse pointer to the same location on my screen.

In the words of the great H.J. Simpson: “Doh!”

32 Thoughts on “Mouse pointer keeps moving back to same spot

  1. Emanuel Miglio on January 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm said:

    Holy cow man, I ended up here googling for the same situation and, as long as I read “Wacom tablet”, I instantly looked at mine and felt like the dumbest idiot in this world.

  2. Brandon on April 30, 2015 at 5:35 pm said:

    Holy crap, you just saved me hours of frustration. I usually leave my tablet unplugged and didn’t notice the pen sitting on it over a pile of papers, lol!

  3. Helen on May 29, 2015 at 2:28 am said:

    Haaha, thanks! Epic facepalm here as well 😀

  4. this is exactly what I was experiencing this morning. Hopefully that is what caused the problem, I will check once i get home

  5. Oh my god I just had the exact same issue. I can’t believe 1) it was the stupid an issue and 2) so many others had the exact same one!
    THANK YOU I was ready to reinstall my computer! hahahahaha

  6. Rach on May 19, 2016 at 1:18 am said:

    This JUST happened to me, boy do I feel dumb!! I needed to express my gratitude though, who knows how long it would’ve taken me to figure it out! Thanks again!

  7. omg I can’t help laughing. I did the exact same thing and never once looked at it. Thank you so much :’)

  8. LOL!!! Thank you.

  9. Eddie Eagle on October 18, 2016 at 12:09 pm said:

    Thank You Thank You Thank You. Nice debug. I feel so inadequate some times.

  10. Mike Ingram on October 25, 2016 at 11:44 am said:

    Same issue, same solution. Just don’t tell my boss I’m this silly sometimes…

  11. Jason Moore on November 4, 2016 at 7:59 pm said:

    Thanks for sharing the tip, unfortunately it didn’t work out for me. I’m on a Macbook Air, the cursor keeps dancing…out of my control sometimes. Finally I was able to resolve it by disabling an option in Accessibility. Credit to Andreas for writing this awesome trick:

    Sharing it here in case others suffering similar problem with me.

  12. Wow… my this is the first result (I used tab on keyboard to access) and sure enough my pen was on the wacom tablet messing with the mouse. Thank you!

  13. Thank you so much – my grandkids love to play with my Wacom, I failed to notice how they had left the stylus! I was beginning to think I was finally losing it!

  14. This exact same thing just happened to me. Face palm indeed. Thank you!

  15. Ingrett on August 14, 2017 at 9:00 am said:

    You, sir, are a saint.

  16. Patrick on January 11, 2018 at 6:10 pm said:

    You sir, deserve a medal! I was thinking virus, hackers, … but I would never would have thought of this myself. Thank you Google, thank you Chris!

  17. 2018 and this just saved me afterahoursaftkf pulling my hair out. Bless you for posting this.

  18. Laura Woody on February 23, 2018 at 11:19 am said:

    I hate to sound dumb but what’s a Wacom tablet? I have a new laptop. I don’t have a tablet but I do have an s-Pen in my phone but it’s currently IN the phone. I’m so confused.

  19. Oh my god. This is exactly what just happened to me. I was lucky i had a wired and two copies of the same wireless mouse to rule out drivers. As soon as i read wacom I looked over and there was my pen knocked over onto the tablet. Thanks!

  20. My computer is doing the same thing an I also have a wacim tablet, but here’s the thing…I don’t have my tablet plugged in, my pen is set far away. I’ve tried every USB port and still my mouse glitches back to the same spot.

  21. Thank you so damn much! This was exactly what happened. My drawing pad was fighting the mouse.

  22. Thank you so so so so so so so so so much , I feel so stupid. You saved the day 🙂

  23. OOOh gosh! Thanks!!!!
    It feels so awkward 😀

  24. So how do I fix it now?

  25. Phillip Biggs on July 25, 2019 at 6:01 pm said:

    I echo all the other comments. Like them, as soon as I read the word Wacom I had that lightbulb moment too. Thanks so much.

  26. LaShelle on July 26, 2019 at 4:02 pm said:

    Thank you! I totally forgot to check where my stylus was! 🙂 Thanks for posting.

  27. holy shit dude thank you so much i was cleaning my desk and i must’ve moved my pen on the tablet…spent too much time messing with the drivers and rebooting like 3 times. that was the last thing i would’ve checked. feel really dumb now.

  28. Dude! Thank you so much. I tried everything and it didn’t work. Turns out, I forgot to turn off my drawing pen. Facepalm.

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