Why is my mouse/cursor shown as a small dot when connecting to VNC Server running on Windows?


You may find that when connecting to a Windows computer running VNC Server that a dot is shown instead of the mouse cursor. This is typically seen when the VNC Server computer either has no mouse attached to it, or no displays connected.

To resolve this, you can either attach a mouse and/or monitor to the VNC Server computer, or try one of the options below on the VNC Server computer.

VNC Server 6.11.0 and later

Enable the AlwaysShowCursor parameter in VNC Server's Options, Expert section.

VNC Server 6.10.1 and earlier

This requires a change within Windows itself.

  • Windows 10:
    • Click "Start" > "Settings" > "Ease of Access" > "Mouse" > Enable "Use numeric keypad to move mouse around the screen".
  • Windows 7:
    • Open "Control Panel" > "Mouse" > Select the "Pointer Options" tab > Check or uncheck the box for "Display pointer trails" > Click "Apply".
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  • Thank you Jack. This also fixes the issue of mouse hover not working, which was driving me nuts. Also - thank your SEO folks because this fix was really easy to find with my search engine.

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  • Hi Jack! I am using Windows 10 21H1 - there I don't have the option "Use numeric keypad to move mouse around the screen".
    May the changed/removed it with an update?
    Is there any other way to resolve this annoying mouse cursor dot issue on actual Win10?
    Thx for help - BR Tom

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  • Hi Tom,

    I can see the option on my device running Windows 10 21H2 - it has been slightly renamed to "Turn on Mouse Keys to use the numeric keypad to move the mouse pointer"

    Do you see this option?



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  • Please help me with android version the mouse doesnt work

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  • I work on the UBUNTU platform. I never had a problem having a mouse while working on the server computer. More recently, there is no visible mouse. I can see where the mouse is when it runs over a button and the button becomes highlighted, but there is absolutely no mouse to see. using keys is slow and imprecise. Is there any other solution?

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