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.

Features

  • 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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326 Responses to Cursor Lock

  1. Joe SGP says:

    I am having the same problem. Opening “Start User Mode” shortcut via file manager does not do anything: It shows “Cursorlock.exe” is running in Task Manager yet nothing has been locked/hot keys have no effect.

    Running “CursorLockSetup.exe” and manually switching to User Mode, and using “Test”/”Self Test” feature works: cursor is locked within the “Cursor Lock – Setup” window. However all hotkeys do not work.

    I have been locking “Window Interior” for all my tests.

  2. jim4006 USA says:

    Scrolling through the comments I noticed a mention of a custom lock region, I’ve been scouring the internet for a feature like that. Any idea when you’ll plan to add it? Preferably with a definable region similar to picture related, https://puu.sh/Hnau0/6a0b826d4e.png.

    • Snake USA says:

      Somewhere between never and ASAP. I have a chronic illness–I don’t do much anymore. Make me an offer I can’t refuse…? Otherwise… my apologies for getting your hopes up.

  3. Dan USA says:

    I am trying to use Curser Lock in User mode in conjunction with Nomousy. I am trying to hide the cursor once it’s locked on a window (Lightgun game in Windowed mode). It looks like there is a conflict and Nomousy is unable to hide the cursor when using the Cursor Lock /C command. I use /C to prevent the “Close previous Cursor Lock..” message from appearing when launching the unlock app after closing the emulator.

    Is there a way to launch the Unlock app and not have the “Close active instance” msg box appear?

    Or ..Any thoughts on adding a hide cursor capability similar to Nomousy?

    Thanks!

    • Snake USA says:

      If you’re using User Mode, you should be controlling Cursor Lock with the hotkeys, not launching it repeatedly. So, try that. Just enable it when you wanna play your game, disable it after. Tide goes in, tide goes out, you can’t explain it.

  4. rihani IRL says:

    Is there a way of letting it choose an open program? Sea of Thieves has this terrible issue where in full screen borderless, the task bar and the top of the window will appear if you scroll down or up enough. Microsoft being Microsoft, there is no .exe for Cursor Lock to launch – it’s launched through the XBox companion app and does it’s own thing.

    • Snake USA says:

      Ugh..Microsoft creates such dumbed-down garbage these days. Not sure if cursor lock will help with your particular situation or not, though, as i’d assume fullscreen borderless is already the maximum size of the screen. But there’s always an executable to lock to, even if it’s the entire xbox app as you say (google up “process explorer” if it’s eluding you). Or just try cursor lock in user mode for a quick test of if it can fix your issue of not.

  5. Rocca AUS says:

    Wondering if this can allow mouse movement across 2 screens on a 3 screen setup. I.e. lockout only one screen.

  6. david USA says:

    hey man I was wondering if i could use this in shooter games and it will lock the cursor so the game doesn’t have any recoil? is that possible or no?

  7. Gpintye HUN says:

    Hello. I have an issue with Phantom Doctrine, first I set up the program like I did with Total War Troy and it worked with that game but not with Phantom Doctrine. Can you help me?

  8. josh USA says:

    Hey your program works but their is kind of an issue well I’m playing windowed mode and it locks but the lock is so close to the edge of program that it allows for stretching of the game if I’m aggressively clicking, So is their a way to minimize the lock just a little bit for the left, right, and bottom borders so it doesn’t stretch the screen while playing?

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