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Windows 7: Mouse problems with dual screens

10 Nov 2010   #1
Bek P

Windows 7
Mouse problems with dual screens

I am currently using 2 screens (laptop and external monitor.) The set up is that the external screen is my main screen with my laptop sitting next to it on the right hand side. I have noticed I have to move the mouse to the left of the external screen to get it onto the laptop screen. Not a major drama, but slightly frustrating!
I know the logical solution would be to relocate the laptop to the left hand side of my desk.... but I can't as the fixed data cable is not long enough (it runs through a wall). If anyone has any ideas, would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks :)

My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Nov 2010   #2

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Hi Bek, welcome to the Seven Forums.

No need to panic. Open Screen Resolution by right clicking an empty spot on desktop and choosing Screen Resolution from context menu.

Now you can drag and drop those display icons as you like and click Apply. Notice that mouse moves then exactly as you put those displays: If you put display 1 under the display 2, you have to move mouse over the top of the display 1 to get pointer to the display 2. If you put those display icons as in attached image 3, the mouse pointer gets from display 1 to display 2 only from the upper right corner.

Practice makes a master, so try moving those display icons in different order, click Apply and see how the pointer reacts.


Image 1:
Mouse problems with dual screens-display1.png

Mouse problems with dual screens-display2.png

Image 3:
Mouse problems with dual screens-display3.png

My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Nov 2010   #3
Bek P

Windows 7

Thanks Kari - you're a legend in the making - worked first time :) Thanks heaps.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

10 Nov 2010   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


You are welcome :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

I know this is a old post. But Thanks.
I wanted to move mouse from top to down. It worked.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jul 2014   #6

Win7Pro 64bit

Yes old post. But I'm kinda old too.

Kari this is very cool. WHO KNEW that the monitor icons in the control panel were draggable/positionable?? Not I!

Now I realize why my mouse cursor from this Logitech trackball was getting stuck on one screen - because depending upon how those screen icons are aligned in control panel, the PC doesn't expect there to BE another monitor to move to. Specifically my cursor won't move right to left between my two screens if I try to move it left thru the RED LINE AREA I have marked on my attachment, grabbed from Control Panel>All Control Panel Items>Display>Screen Resolution.

Why I didn't have this problem using the old mouse, I'm not sure. Perhaps I didn't notice it? Anyway, all I care about is knowing how to get my cursor where I want it. Excellent info.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Aug 2014   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

This posting saved my life today when I finally set up my second monitor and was mousing around like a maniac.

THANK YOU for this very helpful information!!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 May 2015   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

I registered on this site just to say thank you :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Oct 2015   #9

Windows 8.1 64 bit

I also registered on this site to say thank you Kari!
I have my TV as second monitor and by default I had to move my pointer off screen to the right to go there. With Win 8.1 there are lots of functions on the right hand edge of the screen and so many times I've overshot on to the TV screen. But now I move my cursor to the left to go to the TV which is so much better.
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