If you are using a dual monitor for improving your productivity or playing favorite games, then you may be aware of one common problem of the mouse cursor going on the other screen accidentally. This thing can lead to performing an unwanted operation on the screen, and that can be annoying. So, you need to get a dual display mouse manager. But how? Well, don’t worry, I am providing you with a useful guide on managing the mouse movement between two computer screens.
How to Stop Mouse from going to Second Monitor
Multiple monitor setup helps to increase the work productivity rates for sure. You can make the changes in an application on one screen while learning it from a YouTube video on the second screen at the same time. But, with this great benefit, you may get annoyed by the mouse cursor going over the second monitor when you go at the corner of the first screen to close the current application or to click on the ‘show the desktop’ button in the taskbar. This thing creates more frustration when it occurs while playing games than using applications. To prevent this issue, you need to lock the mouse on one monitor. Check the solutions below:
Solution-1: Change the Position of the Second Monitor
Yes, you read it right. If you slightly change the position of the second screen, then it will help you a lot. Follow the steps below to do it.
- Right click on the desktop of your primary screen.
- Click on “Resolution” option.
- Now, add some pixels of the second monitor. It will add a small virtual wall on the monitor’s top-right and bottom-right corners. Everything else will remain the same.
By doing this, you can:
- Close the window on a monitor without drifting over the second screen.
- Easily can click on ‘show the desktop’ button by keeping the cursor on the same display.
- Keep a window on a half portions of both the screens by drifting it into the right corner on the top of the screen.
Tip: If both of your dual monitors have the same size, then depending on your uses (like closing the window or clicking on ‘Show the desktop’ button), you can arrange the position of the external screen to solve the issue.
Solution-2: Stop the Cursor Automatically
You can also stop the mouse cursor in a program when it hits the edges without setting the mouse movements. This process results into locking of the mouse and prevents it from going on the second monitor. You need to download a program to help you out. There are a couple of programs recommended by experts to stop the mouse from going to second monitor, DDMM and Cursor Lock. I will explain them both.
1) Using DDMM
- Search for the latest version of the ‘Dual Display Mouse Manager.’
- Click on the ‘Download’ button and save it on your PC.
- Now, open the downloaded file and extract the contents at the desired location.
- After the installation is done, launch the DDMM application.
- Select the ‘Auto Detect’ option on the screen.
- Now, click on the ‘Save and Close’ button to change and save settings.
- Enable the program to run in the background. You can make the application to ‘Start with Windows’ to run in automatically whenever you login into the system.
- If still there is some issue, you can alter the ‘Border-crossing delay number’ in the DDMM app. Mark the checkbox of ‘Allow Border Crossing After Delay.’
Tip: Navigate through the menu and other sections if your current DDMM app is not showing this features directly.
2) Using Cursor Lock – for Gamers
It is a small app for Windows users which will help you to stop your mouse from drifting to the second screen when you play games.
- Download the ‘Cursor Lock’ app on your computer.
- Install the packages and then run the application.
- Then, go to the ‘Shortcut’ tab.
- Here, mark the box of ‘Open Program.’
- Browse and select the autorun file of the game you want to play.
- Now, click on ‘Create Shortcut’ button.
- The game icon will appear on the desktop with the CursorLock option.
- Open the game by double-clicking on that icon and enjoy playing games on the screen without allowing the mouse from getting to the second monitor.
- You can also customize the hotkeys to control the app and its features.
The GUI of the app is easy to understand and access. I highly recommend ‘Cursor Lock’ application for the games like GTA, Tomb Raider, The Witcher, etc.
The above guide is not only useful for the dual monitor setup, but I have also tested it on the triple monitor setup and got the perfect results. Working with multiple monitors help to gain the significant improvement in productivity by allowing to use different applications at the same time on them. With a free mouse cursor, you can easily navigate across the primary and secondary monitors without any problem and can do your task quickly. But, there are some instances like closing the application, clicking on the ‘show desktop’ button, playing games on a single screen, etc. where you need to stick the mouse on a single display and not want it to go on the second screen. In such moments, with the simple solutions mentioned in the guide here will help you for sure.
Let me know your thoughts on these handful tactics on stopping the mouse from going on to the second screen. If you know any other useful way to do this process, then you can share it with the world by commenting in the section below.