How to Fix Cursor Not Locked in CSGO

Players who have dual monitors may come across the problem that their cursor would move to their other screen while in game. Learn how to fix it here!

How to Fix Cursor Not Locked in CSGO
How to Fix Cursor Not Locked in CSGO

Getting dual monitors for your setup is an amazing feeling, but your happiness can be brought down with one issue dual monitors owners face: the cursor not locking on one monitor. Though it’s really nice to be able to quickly move your cursor to the second monitor, it really works the other way when it comes to playing games such as CSGO. If you’re trying to fix lock cursor issues, we’ve got you covered. 

How to Fix Cursor Not Locking

The issue of the cursor not locking is incredibly frustrating, as it hinders your regular CSGO gameplay experience. Here are some methods that will allow you to fix it.

Changing Video Settings in CSGO 

The first, and easiest way to prevent your cursor from jumping to your second monitor is to simply change your video settings in CS:GO. The particular video setting we’re looking at is the Display Mode.

By default, the Display Mode is usually set to Fullscreen Windowed. This setting is a major cause as to why your cursor won’t lock in CSGO, simply because your game is still considered as Windowed. 

Changing your Display Mode to Full Screen can also reward you with increased FPS and performance and reduced screen stuttering.

  1. Launch CSGO, then head over to the Game Settings menu.
  2. Under the Game Settings menu, head over to Video.
  3. Look for the option called Display Mode.
  4. Change your Display Mode from Fullscreen Windowed to Fullscreen.

Doing so will most likely fix the issue of your cursor not locking onto one monitor. However, if you already had your game window at full screen mode enabled but your cursor still isn’t locked, continue reading to learn more possible methods to fix cursor issues on multiple screens.

Changing Computer’s Display Settings

The second method to stop the issue of your mouse cursor going from one screen to the other is to change some settings in your computer’s Display Settings. Follow the steps below to change your Display Settings.

  1. Open Settings from your Desktop, then head over to the section that allows you to customize your Display.
  2. Once you have made it there, look for the options that are related to your one screen.
  3. By default, you are likely to see that the alignment for your screen is currently side-by-side.
  4. If your display’s alignment happens to be side-by-side, change it to diagonal alignment instead.

Once you have followed the steps above, your display settings will be set to diagonal alignment. This means that in order to move your cursor from your primary monitor to the second monitor, you'll need to move your cursor to the other monitors diagonally

Since diagonal mouse movements are less common in CSGO, you’ll avoid most cases of accidentally slipping your cursor from one screen to the other.

However, you may still find yourself flicking diagonally when using an AWP, so this solution isn’t a one hundred percent fix. Check out the following method which will likely solve the issue completely.

Using the Dual Monitor Tools Application

If you’ve tried the two steps above, and the cursor lock problem isn’t solved yet, then we’ll have to resort to third party websites and applications. We can recommend a free, and safe application to fix this problem, called Dual Monitor Tools.

Once you have successfully installed Dual Monitor Tools and got it running, follow the steps below to fix the cursor locking issue.

  1. Launch Dual Monitor Tools, on the left side, you’ll see lots of settings and options.
  2. Head over to the Cursor menu, which should be second to the top, under Dual Monitor Tools.
  3. Under the Cursor menu, click on Sticky.
  1. A new menu will open on the right. There, look for Cursor Movement Hotkeys.
  2. Look for the option that says Lock cursor onto screen, then set the hotkey you’ll want to press to toggle the cursor lock on and off. This will allow you to lock your cursor on one screen only.
  1. Click the key bind if you want to lock your cursor while gaming, then click it again once you’ve finished your CSGO session and want to return to regular usage of your computer.

This method of fixing the cursor locking features a bind command that will toggle the cursor lock on and off. The great thing about Dual Monitor Tools is that you can use one click of a button to change from gaming to productivity mode.

Using Dual Monitor Tools to fix this issue is a really effective way and is also incredibly easy to set up. 

Hopefully these methods have helped you fix your cursor issues when running games with two monitors. As much as two monitors can help, they’re also bound to run into issues, so it is completely normal for new second monitor users to face this problem. Make sure to check out our article on how to increase FPS to boost your performance on your first and second monitor!