Key Takeaways

  • If your text cursor unexpectedly turns white when you hover over text boxes, try adjusting your display output. If you’re using a laptop with an external monitor attached, try disconnecting it and see if the cursor issue persists on the laptop’s built-in screen.
  • You can also configure Windows to always display the mouse cursor to solve the issue.
  • If configuring Windows to always display the mouse cursor doesn’t work, you can try other troubleshooting steps, such as removing extensions, changing your mouse pointer settings, disabling Multiplane Overlay, or changing the mouse pointer scheme settings.

Does your text cursor randomly turn white when you hover over text input fields? This issue is common across various programs on Windows, especially browsers and Microsoft Office applications. Luckily, there are several effective solutions you can try to resolve it.

1. Change Your Display Output

If you’re using multiple monitors with Windows, the text cursor may occasionally turn white in certain applications. This can be caused by a compatibility issue between Windows and the driver for your external monitor.

To fix this, try updating the drivers for your external monitor. If that doesn’t work, you may need to temporarily change your main display until the monitor manufacturer releases a driver update that addresses the problem. For instance, if you’re using a laptop with an external monitor as your primary display, you should switch back to the laptop screen as your main display.

2. Remove Problematic Extensions

Sometimes, extensions that interact with text fields can be the culprit behind the issue. If the text cursor turns white while typing in a browser, then you should disable all extensions installed, especially those like Grammarly that work directly in text fields.

Disable extensions in Chrome

Once you disable them, see if the issue persists. If it doesn’t, then it confirms that one of those extensions that you just disabled was causing the issue. To catch that extension, enable each extension one by one until the problem reoccurs.

If the white cursor strikes in other applications like Microsoft Office, follow the same steps to identify the offending add-in. Once you’ve identified the problematic extension or add-in, you can either update it (if available) or simply remove it from the application.

3. Change the Mouse Pointer Settings

The default text select setting for your mouse pointer is white, which works well in most of cases, but it can sometimes blend into the background and disappear, causing the problem at hand. In this case, the solution is to customize the text select setting of your mouse pointer.

To do this, press the Windows+i key to open the Settings app, choose “Bluetooth & Devices” from the left sidebar, and then “Mouse” from the right pane.

Mouse option in the Settings app

Click the “Additional Mouse Settings” option.

Additional mouse settings option in Mouse Settings

Switch to the “Pointers” tab, select the “Text Select” option, and then click “Browse”.

Browse option in Mouse Settings

Select “beam_r” from the list and then click the “Open” button.

beam_r option in Mouse Settings

Click “Apply” and then “OK” to save the changes.

Apply option in Mouse settings

After that, restart your computer. Upon restart, you should no longer be facing the issue.

4. Enable the Option to Display the Mouse Pointer Location

While this method might not be a permanent solution, it can definitely help you out in a pinch. Windows has a handy feature that displays the mouse pointer’s location temporarily when you press the Ctrl key. This can be a lifesaver if your cursor ever disappears into the vastness of your screen.

To enable this feature, open the “Settings” app and navigate to Bluetooth & devices > Mouse > Additional mouse settings. Then, switch to the “Pointer Options” tab and tick the checkbox that says “Show location of pointer when I press the Ctrl key.” Then, click Apply > OK to save the change.

Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key option in Mouse Settings

Now, you can simply press your keyboard’s Ctrl key to instantly locate the mouse cursor.

5. Change the Mouse Pointer Scheme Settings

The default white cursor scheme can sometimes cause the mouse cursor to disappear on a white background. To avoid this situation, you must choose a different pointer scheme.

While several options are available, you should opt for the “Windows Black” scheme. This scheme ensures you get clear cursor visibility even against a white background.

To set “Windows Black” as your default mouse pointer scheme, launch the Settings”app and head towards Bluetooth & Devices > Mouse > Additional Mouse Settings. Then, switch to the “Pointers” tab, click the drop-down icon under the Scheme section, and choose “Windows Black (System Scheme)” from the menu that appears.

Windows Black scheme in Mouse Settings

Click Apply > OK to save the changes.

Now, check if you’re still facing the problem. If yes, follow the next solution.

6. Turn Off Multiplane Overlay (MPO)

Multiplane Overlay (MPO) was first introduced in Windows 8.1 to lower the load from your computer’s GPU and CPU. But unfortuately, this technology has done more harm than good. It has emerged as a potential culprit behind various Windows issues like stuttering, flickering, and even black screens. Some users have also reported it causing the white text cursor issue.

The only way to fix all these issues is to disable Multiplane Overlay through the Registry Editor. Here’s how to do it.

Editing the Windows registry comes with inherent risks, as a single misstep can make your system unstable. Therefore, you must back up the registry and create a restore point beforehand. Taking this precaution will ensure that you can quickly restore your computer to a working state in case something goes wrong while editing the registry.

Press the Windows+R key to open the Run dialog box, type “regedit” in the search bar, and click the “OK” button.

regedit command in the Run tool

In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following location:

ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsDwm

Right-click the “Dwm” key, hover over “New,” and choose “DWORD (32-bit) Value” from the menu that appears.

DWORD (32-bit) Value in the Registry Editor

Name the value “OverlayTestMode” and then hit Enter.

OverlayTestMode value in the Registry Editor

Double-click the “OverlayTestMode” value, type “00000005” in the Value data field, and click the “OK” button to save the changes.

Value data in the Registry Editor

Then, restart your computer. Upon restart, you’ll see that you are no longer facing the issue.


Hopefully, the solutions have resolved the issue with your text cursor turning white in Windows applications. However, if you’re still experiencing it, the problem might lie within the specific application itself. In such cases, you can download any available updates for that application or reinstall it as a last resort.