Cursor Lock

Windows 2000/XP, Windows 9x, Windows Vista/7

Cursor Lock is a utility program that confines the mouse cursor to a selected area on the screen. This is most useful in multi-monitor setups, addressing a common oversight in some applications (mostly games) whereby they allow the mouse cursor to drift into other unwanted screens. In video games, this can also lead to minimizing the game window if the cursor has drifted into another screen and the mouse is clicked accidentally. Cursor Lock can also overcome cursor drifting problems in windowed applications and games.

Here’s a list of games that Cursor Lock is reported or confirmed to fix.


  • Locking only when focused–requires no special user interaction, nor does it interfere with task switching between screens
  • Uses a superior method of capturing the cursor compared to other solutions (e.g. MouseTrap)
  • Ability to open one program and lock another allows Cursor Lock to work well with launcher programs
  • Can confine the cursor to window borders, in addition to a whole screen
  • Customizable hotkeys allow for complete control of locking in any situation
  • Alternate locking modes that run in the background for full user control and special circumstances
  • Intuitive GUI support program for quick setup of Cursor Lock shortcuts
  • Integrated help system for shortcut setup program
  • Highly optimized and efficient locking program that uses practically no memory or CPU




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158 Responses to Cursor Lock

  1. Neinn USA says:


    i got 1 more question: is it possible to change the format of the screen (arguments)? Warcraft 3 is a little bit small for my 24″.

  2. nghia tang AUS says:

    does it work for League of legends? im a getting a custom pc soon and would like to know so i would be able to connect dual monitors and have one open for web seaches while playing the game. Thanks in advance

    • Snake USA says:

      I’ve heard that it works fine with LoL, although I can’t confirm it myself. Usually when people want to game on one screen while doing something else on the other, it requires running the game in windowed mode and toggling the cursor lock with hotkeys when you want to switch.

  3. Neinn USA says:

    How do i open Warcraft 3 in windowed mode + lock the mouse there? i really dont know where to put which link in….

  4. Sowsix FRA says:

    I’ve downloaded this for GTA IV
    Using the launcher et the gta exe

    “C:\Program Files (x86)\Cursor Lock\CursorLock.exe” /O:”C:\Program Files (x86)\Rockstar Games Social Club\1_1_3_0\RGSC.exe” /A:”E:\Jeux\Grand Theft Auto IV\GTAIV.exe”

    and it works fine !!
    Thanks a lot !!!!

  5. Mick AUS says:

    Whenever i try to open it straight away goes to Cursor Lock has stopped working. Any idea?

    • Snake USA says:

      I’ll need more information. Like what errors (specific error codes, line numbers, or stack traces) it’s giving and what version of Windows you’re using.

      • Mick AUS says:

        Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
        No error codes or anything.
        As soon as i double click on cursorlock or cursorlock setup just comes up with a new window saying it has stopped working with the windows is checking for a solution message then it closes.

        I have no idea lol

        • Snake USA says:

          Yeh, windows isn’t ever going to automatically find a solution, and instead, obfuscates the actual error. Well, unless you can provide more info on the error, all I can recommend is installing or reinstalling .Net 3.5 or maybe try running as admin.

  6. Joseph CAN says:

    Im trying to use Uplay and i cant fine the Appcurser Number is there a path i can use or a number that relates to all the games in Uplay Plaz help and this is for Assassin’s Creed 2 and uplay

  7. highstrike ROU says:


    cool program but how do i uninstall it?
    it doesn’t appear in ‘uninstall a program’ list like the other programs i have installed


    • Snake USA says:

      this has been asked before. there is no uninstaller. if you want to remove the program, just delete its folder and start menu shortcuts.

  8. /hello PHL says:

    Stopped working

    Problem signature:
    Problem Event Name: CLR20r3
    Problem Signature 01: cursorlocksetup.exe
    Problem Signature 02:
    Problem Signature 03: 5230eb33
    Problem Signature 04: CursorLockSetup
    Problem Signature 05:
    Problem Signature 06: 5230eb33
    Problem Signature 07: d
    Problem Signature 08: e0
    Problem Signature 09: System.InvalidOperationException
    OS Version: 6.1.7601.
    Locale ID: 1033

    Happens when I open Setup Cursor Lock.

    • Snake USA says:

      Well, based on what you posted, I would say that this is a problem on your end. I would suggest making sure you have .Net 3.5 installed.

  9. kable USA says:

    I cannot get cursor lock to work with watch dogs going threw uplay only if you know how to get the ap id or a way around the ap id I think it would work uplay only NOT steam

  10. nakedfury PRI says:

    Cant make it work for Uplay-Watch Dogs.

    I even tried in user mode and it wont still lock.

    I cant also save the settings since each time I close the program they reset.

    • Snake USA says:

      Can’t really help much with Uplay, unfortunately, as I don’t have it (nor do I want to). I’ve heard that maybe setting up the shortcut to have watchdogs as the “Lock Program” might work more effectively. But in that case, you’ll have to run the Cursor Lock shortcut before then running the game itself.

      I’m also interested in your report of settings not saving. Maybe you can tell me more about your system? Like what OS you are using? Where you installed Cursor Lock to? Whether or not you’re running on a limited account?

      • nakedfury PRI says:

        Windows 7 64bit
        Default install location for cursor lock(Did not change location)
        Did not know there was a special account so probably the most basic.

        I got Watch Dogs directly through Uplay, no steam launching, so I set the uplay launch exe as my Open program and watch dogs.exe as the lock program.

        Hotkeys on:
        ctrl+shift+z first option
        ctrl+shift+x second option

        Default options:
        Lock region: Window

        Creating the shortcut helps launch the launcher and it locks the cursor in a small window until the game starts but then for some reason it stops the lock.

        For user mode the same happens and since I cant seem to change the hotkeys I dont know if its toggled off at start.

        The first time I opened the cursor lock setup window I set the hotkeys on and only checked the first option for the tilde: `
        Now every time I open the setup it reverts back to that first hotkey.

        Also upon first using Start User mode I know the program works because my cursor is locked inside 1 monitor until the game starts after which it stops locking.

        Sorry for long post I wanted to cover every thing in detail.

  11. no_name_4_me USA says:

    Worked on fallout 3 GOTY Thanks

  12. jayrwafu USA says:

    THanks it works… on windowed warcraft 3 .. lock region must be window interior

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