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Missing Cursor on Firefox

I am running Firefox 3.0.4 with Windows XP. Recently, my cursor has started to go missing. It will completely disappear, and I'll only be able to locate it by typing something. I can't detect any pattern to when it happens.

I noticed the same problem while using Firefox on my friend's computer which runs Vista, so I'm pretty sure it isn't an issue with the OS.

Has anyone experienced this and knows of a solution?

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  • Lauren Chang Dec 10, 2008

    Hi Shweta. I don't quite follow you. Are you suggesting that I'm trying to type in a field that doesn't allow writing? If so, that is not the case. This happens when I'm writing email, entering urls, posting on forums... tons of different places. I can still type, but I just can't see the cursor.

  • Anonymous Dec 13, 2008

    Refund what?

  • Lauren Chang Dec 13, 2008

    What refund?

  • Lauren Chang Jan 22, 2009

    Mike- Thanks for the advice. My option to "Hide cursor..." was toggled, but I don't think that was the problem since this issue will happen in situations where it worked perfectly the day before. But I think that your recommendation about the "Show the cursor..." is a good one. I totally forgot about that. Can't wait to try it the next time this happens... Thanks!


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Hi there Lauren,

I think I've got you covered on this one.
I'd like to offer up a two solutions.
One may be the solution to the disappearing cursor.
Failing that, the other addresses the symptoms, instead of the problem, sort of a sideways solution. Hopefully the result will be satisfactory.

  • Click Start
  • Click Control Panel
  • Double-Click Mouse
  • Click on the Pointer Options Tab
  • In the Visibility Box, is the 'Hide cursor while typing' option checked?
  • If so, uncheck it.
  • If not, below it is an option to 'Show location of cursor when I press Control Key'. Check it.
  • Click Apply. Click OK
If the first option doesn't fix the mystery, the second will show the location of the cursor when you press the Control Key. One or the other will make that cursor show itself.


Posted on Jan 22, 2009

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    Happy to be of service
    Thanks for the rate.


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Cursor disappear only when you you click where there is no space to show
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