Mouse Pointer Keeps Disappearing

Oct 17, 2018

Is anyone else experiencing the ghost mouse pointer? I use a touch screen to develop even more rapidly than usual. Don't know if I'm just going to fast or what, but randomly the mouse pointer turns to invisible. It still functions, but you can't see it. It is at this point I am solely reliant on the touch screen. The only  fix is to close Storyline and then re-open it. Unfortunately there are times/tasks in Storyline when the mouse pointer is absolutely necessary such as in some drop down menus etc., so it's at this point I must save > close > reopen.

I've been pushing for a more touchscreen friendly environment with Articulate. Of course they cannot tell what's coming so I just keep wishing.



53 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Doug,

I don't use a touchscreen device for authoring but would love to know more about your setup. What device are you on, and what version of Windows is it running?  You'll see the system requirements outlined here for Storyline 360.

Also, do you see the mouse disappear after a period of time or after going through certain actions? 

If you get stuck again, remember you can use the keyboard shortcuts to do things like saving your project (Ctrl+S). 

Doug Doyle

Hi Ashley,

I use an Acer T232 Touchscreen since it makes authoring in Storyline incredibly faster. Tasks such as working with layers, triggers, etc, are twice if not three times faster. I'm on Windows 10.

I'll have to pay more attention to exactly when the pointer goes incognito! It usually seems after a while of very busy work. I want to say there is a particular task that may be causing it, but now I'm not sure. I'll make note and follow up on this discussion when it happens again as I'm pretty sure it will.


Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Thanks, Doug and if you're able to narrow it down further that'll help us investigate! 

Also, with Storyline I do always like to point out some of the guidelines and best practices here that'll help prevent the odd behavior. Worth checking that you're adhering to those too, especially closing Storyline and allowing it to have a proper rest each night. 😴

Doug Doyle

Thanks for chiming in Philippe. I've been in Rise for the last few days so have not encountered the issue in Storyline. If you notice at what point this happens to you, please add to this discussion by including details and perhaps Articulate can do something about it. I'll do the same.



Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Doug,

We're still here and would love to help.

Can you share more details on the triggers or variables that are causing this behavior? Any steps you've gone through that would help me replicate this would be ideal! 

With your permission, we're also always willing to take a look at your project file to investigate what's happening. You can share it publicly here, or send it along to our Support Team here. We’ll delete it when done troubleshooting. 

Doug Doyle


I submitted a case and attached a file for you review. As stated earlier in this discussion, there are times when the mouse is required such as when choosing an item from a drop-down menu, etc...

Most of the time I am using my Acer Touchscreen monitor to complete tasks. It seems that after about 15 minutes of using the touchscreen, the mouse pointer becomes invisible. I noticed this yesterday when working heavily with triggers and variables.


johnny wazney

I encountered the same yesterday, a "missing mouse" while in development. I was using the trackpad on  my HP Elitebook. After a few minutes of the missing mouse, I grabbed the HP bluetooth, and still encountered the missing mouse.

The only solution was to CTRL S, and close Storyline. When I restarted, the mouse reappeared.

Leslie McKerchie

Hello Johnny and welcome to E-Learning Heroes :)

Thanks for letting us know that you ran into a similar issue of a disappearing mouse cursor as well.

Do you know what functionality of Storyline you were using when you ran into this issue? I'm seeing that the variables button/window is what others have been using when running into the issue and curious if you saw the same.

johnny wazney

My disappearing mouse was occurring while I was editing text slides. We were not using triggers in this file.

Thank you,

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Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Johnny,

Thanks for that insight. Is it only this file that you're running into the challenge with or anything you're authoring in Storyline? Can you check what update of SToryline you're using? You can check by going to the "Help" Tab -> "About Articulate Storyline".

The latest is Storyline 360, build 3.27.18822.0. 

Also, I noticed that your email signature came through when you replied via email. You can remove that if you would like by clicking Edit beneath your response. Here’s a quick Peek video if you need help.

Doug Doyle

I recorded my screen and have determined that the mouse pointer disappears in Storyline360 immediately after previewing my work. You can see here. I can rectify the problem by closing the app and then re-opening it. This gets a little tiresome however.

I am using Windows 10 with an Acer T232HL Touchscreen monitor.

Rahny Day

Same here. I getting beyond frustrated with this. It started happening this week. It's taken me 3 hrs to add animation, color and move 3 text boxes. It keeps disappearing and it only works for about 5 mins later after restarting my computer and SL, but even then it may not work. 

I have a Lenovo Flex 5. Lenovos are horrible computers to begin with, but this only happens in SL. 

Brittany Horton

I just started using Storyline360 on my touchscreen device (Lenovo Yoga 730) yesterday, and have ran into the same issue. The mouse pointer disappears after previewing content. As others have said, the only work around so far is to save my work with the ghost pointer (it still lets me see where the ghost pointer is hovering over) and then close the program and re-open Storyline360. I've also tried to see if maybe it's a computer issue with my mouse, but it works fine when using the Internet or navigating outside of Storyline.

Leslie McKerchie

Hi Brittany,

Thanks for reaching out and sharing what you are running into as well.

We are aware that some users are having issues with a disappearing mouse cursor on touch screen devices and this has been reported to our team. This conversation is attached so that we can share any updates with you here.

sarah Schaade

Hello! I've recently started at a new company and was issued a Dell Inspiron 15 3000 2-in-1 with touchscreen running windows 10, and I have experienced the same issue with ghost pointer- I'm running at about 9gb RAM usage with only storyline 360, and my required system programs, Skype for business, dropbox, and outlook open. I am not allowed to close those other programs. 

I also find that the mouse pointer disappears but when I hover over any button on the screen it highlights and I can guess where the pointer is, but it makes working on anything nearly impossible. 

Should I request a non- touchscreen computer, or is this something that will be fixed? 

Vincent Scoma

Hi Sarah,

Thank you for reaching out and sharing what you are encountering. I am sorry that you are running into this snag as well!

I am adding your comments to our report as our team continues to investigate. We're careful about testing new updates to make sure we don't put other features at risk, so I don't have an exact timeline to share at the moment.

You're in the right place, and we'll be sure to provide any new updates as soon as we can!

Lauren Connelly

Hello Steven!

Thanks for checking in on this bug! We're still seeing an error with the mouse cursor disappearing when using a touchscreen monitor on variables panel in our latest update; Storyline 360 Update 40 (Build 3.40.22208.0). 

I don't have any updated information to share about a fix. We are currently prioritizing other bug fixes for upcoming releases so we'll report back to this discussion when this makes it on the roadmap.