Fix for Mouse Not Moving To Secondary Monitor Issue on Windows Vista

This morning I had a very annoying issue with my dual monitor setup, where I could not move the mouse from one monitor to the other, I searched around online for fixes to the issue, but came across a barrier which asked me to update the display drivers for my video card.

My drivers were already up-to-date so I tried to connect the laptop to another external monitor and everything worked fine there. This totally frustrated me as I am used to working on a multi-monitor at the office.

I finally managed to fix the issue and it turned out to be the lamest thing I have every come across, Windows switched the extended monitor to the left and I was trying to move my mouse cursor from the right of my primary monitor. Though I am not sure what happened for it to change the settings, I was able to access the secondary monitor from the left.

So the next time your mouse cursor is not moving to the secondary monitor from the right side, try doing it from the left side of your primary monitor. I restored normalcy though to have Windows extend the monitor to the right side and here is how you can do it.

Open Control Panel and click on mobile PC, in the new page click on Windows Mobility Center. In the new window that opens up, click on the Connect Display button, a new window will open showing you the properties of the connected display, change the extend your desktop from left to right and things should work as normal.


Hopefully this should save you some headache, the next time you cannot move your mouse cursor to the secondary desktop.

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  • wajih

    Thanks for the posting, I swiftly followed to solve the problem by switching the monitors! My God I spent two weeks with a headache.

    Thanks bro.

    • praveen

      Thanks. Sometimes such issues waste lot of time.

  • Sara

    It worked perfectly! Thank you :)

  • kimber

    thanks! perfect explanation and instruction — this issue was truly annoying the bejesus out of me before i found your post. i'm notifying the vatican to elect you to sainthood for sharing this godsend of a tip.

  • claude

    Thank you so much — solved my problem

  • sharon

    Thank you so so much. It worked for me!!!

  • dw

    Wow. That is the most annoyingly-simple solution. Thanks for solving it for me!

  • pppp

    ahhhhhh hahahahahaha! thanks for clearing that up for me! I was having the same problem!

  • Andrew

    Same problem for me with new Dual Monitor setup. Windows automatically decided which was my main display. So on Win 7, I right-clicked on the empty desktop, left-clicked on “Screen Resolution” and fiddled and diddled my way to making the smaller monitor my “main display” but then after a restart my mouse was on the wrong one and well, anyway, to make a long story short, this article helped me figure out that I could drag the display icons so that they matched my real-life orientation.