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How To Fix Frozen Cursor On Macbook Pro

A cursor is one of the most important parts of your MacBook Pro. It is used to point keys on the computer display and indicate the current position. If you have a frozen cursor on MacBook Pro or the cursor jumping randomly, of course, it will interfere with your work. Here is how to fix it.

See also: How to Fix Video Issue on MacBook Pro 15 inch 2011

How To Fix Frozen Cursor On MacBook Pro

Force Quit Apps

If the cursor freezes after you open a certain app or website, the issue will likely disappear after you close that app. How to close it while you cannot move the cursor at all? You can use the short cut keys. Press Command, Option, and Esc keys simultaneously. Once the popup pane appears, highlight the app you want to close and click “Force Quit”.

Open Activity Monitor

Too many apps or tabs on the browser open at the same time can make your Mac runs out of RAM. That’s why you cannot move the cursor on your computer. Free up the RAM can be the solution to this issue. You can press the Command and space keys all together to open Spotlight. Then, type activity monitor and click on it. Now, double click the unresponsive process or the one that consumes too many memory and clicks Quit.

Restart Your MacBook

Sometimes, the frozen cursor on MacBook Pro can be solved by restarting your Mac. Before shutting down the Mac, disconnect all accessories from it. If the cursor is totally frozen and you cannot navigate to the Apple menu to power off the computer, press and hold the power button for a few seconds.

Clean Up The Trackpad

If you only use the trackpad to navigate MacBook, try to clean it from dust, fingerprints, etc. Also, make sure your fingers are clean, dry and oil free. Before cleaning the trackpad, make sure to unplug the computer from the power source and shut down the computer. Use a microfiber or soft and lint-free cloth to clean it. Spray the cleaner to the cloth and wipe gently. Don’t spray the cleaner directly to the trackpad.

Reset SMC

When none of the methods above can fix the frozen cursor on MacBook Pro or it only works temporarily, try to reset System Management Control (SMC).

  • Power off your MacBook
  • Press the Shift, Control, and Option of the left side keyboard
  • Press and hold the power button for about 10 seconds
  • Release all the keys and power button
  • Turn on your MacBook.

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