First, let me clear up one thing. You don’t need the cursor to type.
A disappearing cursor could be a bug, but it’s also possible that it’s a feature. It depends on the cursor that you’re seeing.
Let’s begin by talking about the cursor.
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Basic cursor behavior
When writing in Microsoft Word or some other program, you should be able to type wherever you happen to be without the cursor. The cursor icon is only an aid that shows you where you are typing, but you don’t need it to be able to type. If you don’t see the cursor, you can continue to type additional keystrokes.
If you still have problems with the cursor, this could go in several directions.
Is it a bug?
It is possible that the disappearing cursor is a bug. To rule this out, make sure that you have the most recent drivers for your mouse, your display, and your keyboard. These devices actually interact in some interesting ways when it comes to cursors. A problem with any of them could potentially cause the cursor to misbehave.
Is it a feature?
It’s possible that the disappearing cursor could be a setting. To see, go to your Control Panel and select Mouse Properties. In Pointer Options, you can find a setting called “Hide the pointer when typing.”
Uncheck that box and click OK. If that makes a difference to you, then you’re all set.
If the cursor still disappears when you’re in a single application or a suite of programs (like Microsoft Office), it’s possible that it’s still an option.
The next step then is to fire up Notepad. This is one of the simplest input utility programs that you’ll find in Windows. Test the cursor by typing; it’ll add plain text to the page. If your cursor disappears in Notepad, review the Control Panel again and update your drivers once more.
On the other hand, if the cursor remains displayed in Notepad, focus on the applications where you see the problem and do some spelunking. Determine what options are available for those applications and see if they have a setting to turn off the cursor while you’re typing.
While you may find the cursor useful and perhaps even necessary to track where you are, many people think it’s a visual distraction. Having an option to turn it off seems reasonable. That’s what I’m expecting to see here.