Use this application to disable or bypass the sticky corners in Windows 10 for dual displays or multiple monitors. What it does is hop the mouse over the sticking corners, as well as the screen edges when moving windows. Thus it allows the dragging of windows through screens without your mouse getting hijacked by the Snap Assist.
The Hot Corners and Snap Assist still work, but now only when you want them to.
Note: A user has reported this app got falsely flagged as a game cheating app – which may cause issues for any Blizzard or Activision games, such as CoD.
Latest Version released on 15th of June, 2020.
Here is the actual application itself if you wish to save it directly and run it whenever you wish: –
Click to download Non-stick mouse
VirusTotal (0 out of 89)
I’ve been asked for an installer so it can run automatically on boot – so here it is, an installer: –
Click to download NSM setup
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And for your peace of mind the full source code written in Delphi, 3 files on GitHub.
This application does not read or write to any drive, it does not access the registry or connect to the Internet.
I am only sharing this as I took the time to write it and I notice many people are annoyed by these Microsoft “features”.
It hides its window – so terminate it use the Task Manager. It is not designed to be overly clever, it does not have a notification tray icon.
If you want it to run on start up make a shortcut to where you have saved it in the start up folder, or use the installer!
If it is does not work at all please let me know and I will try to fix it when I have time.
It won’t fire when the active/topmost window belongs to a process which is running with privileges elevated higher than what NonStickMouse itself is running with.
In an effort to minimise misfires this take parameters of when to fire: –
“corners” – only fires when in a corner (thus dragging a window across screens will stick).
“lag” – a delay between firing the hop. The default is 500 milliseconds but that can be overwritten by putting a value after the word lag.
These parameters can be affected by being emedded in the filename itself, thus renaming “NonStickMouse.exe” to “NSM_Corners_Lag_200.exe” will activate both, with a delay of 200ms. Use as required.
Subsequently I have also developed a debug version: –
(Consequently, due to the mindless stupidity of virus-scanners, of which I’m not even going to bother to try to counter, I took it off my site. If you need this app to help diagnose your issue please let me know and I can make it available for you.)
This has a User Interface showing the screen dimensions and offsets of each monitor, the mouse tracking, and the values it was at when the last hop was fired. This application will also hop the mouse so for complete accuracy please terminate NonStickMouse.exe when using it.
You may choose to compile this yourself for your own sense of security – in which case follow the instructions here: –
Developed by Jonathan Barton
Disclaimer: Jonathan Barton is not responsible for any damage or presumption of damage caused by this application. All information here is to be considered advice of which you may chose to act or not act on; this includes compiling the application yourself. As one guy said, you received free, give free – this application cannot be repackaged and resold for commercial gain. You may contact me if you see an opportunity for this. Consider this paragraph as the End User License Agreement – which can be changed at any time without notice.
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, Version 21H1, build 19043.928
Nonstickmouse fails (gets stuck in an upper corner), on a two-monitor setup, whenever the Task Manager is open.
Closing Task Manager solves this problem.
But I have Task Manager open a lot. Is this a known bug?
Yes. That’s the bit referenced in bold saying “It won’t fire when the active/topmost window belongs to a process which is running with privileges elevated higher than what NonStickMouse itself is running with.”
The reason being if an app could somehow control another app which has higher privilege is it could re-execute itself as admin, then automate clicking the Yes button!
If you’re happy to run NSM as admin so it can function when higher privilege apps are in the foreground you can do so with the Task Scheduler as detailed here https://superuser.com/a/770439/190255 (which is what I do).
Let me know if you get stuck.
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Works. Thank you!
Hey Jonathan, this worked for me… thanks so much.. Just sent you a small donation!
Ha John – seriously I am overwhelmed by your generosity!
If you need a reliable programmer for advice or any kind of app give me a shout – always happy to help 🙂
Edit: I just checked – it would seem you’re not short of a good programmer or 2 it seems – still the offer for what it is still stands!!
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Thank you very much for this.
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Thank you for this program!! Hopefully I’ll stop accidentally closing windows now!
I kid you not – it still catches me extremely rarely. The poll is set to 100ms – which means if my quick gamer hands pre-fire … oops! But yup, your windows should be a lot safer now – if you manage to beat the timer you can tweak it to a lower value (uses a bit more CPU though).
thanks, people should know this program a lot more
It seems to be easy enough to find once people know they need it! There were 2 threads on Microsoft Answers which they closed albeit not answered *shock* of which I used to post a link after every page throw!
Hi Jonathan. Thank you for this fix to an issue windows should clearly fix themselves. I have one question however – I am scared to install it as you said that “A user has reported this app got falsely flagged as a game cheating app – which may cause issues for any Blizzard or Activision games”.
I don’t want to get banned from these services, do you have any more information on this front?
Wow, I forgot I activated ads on this site (was playing with adwords) let me know if it’s annoying!!
Anyway, the only time this happened is referenced here: –
And the 9 comments below.
As Blizzard seem to have a consumer policy of ignoring their consumers I don’t know where it went from there.
But this has been the only reported time – even still I just cannot answer how Blizzard are behaving these days.
I’m very sorry that I cannot answer definitely.
you are a lifesaver! I have been using this for 1 year and, still, this is my second favorite program(I’m sorry, number one is Everything).
I already donated back then but want to donate again so have some.
it ain’t much but I want to give you an appreciation.
thank you again
Now I need to go look for this Everything app, sounds awesome!! 🙂
Been using NSM for a long while now. I actually have two copies: one user and one administrator. The user one I use all the time and it does exactly what I need. The administrator one helps out when I’m running Visual Studio as an admin so I still get the NSM experience when the focus is on an admin-layer application.
NSM makes Windows 10 feel fluid across multiple monitors; I strongly dislike working without it. Donation sent. Thanks Jonathan!
Thank you very much 🙂
Sorry for the delay in reply, I was out of town!
You shouldn’t need to run 2 versions if the administrator one is always running. If you’re running that by hand and prefer it to run automatically you can use the task scheduler to have an app run on user login with administrator privileges.
I really really want to use your software here, but I noticed that both the exe and the installer are flagged by several AV’s on VirusTotal now… is there anyway you could look into this?
The most recent scans I have show no viruses, being here: –
Of course rescanning may now trigger as the scanners change their detection signatures.
So what I can say is the app is open-source on github:
Please feel free to check the code by eye, I took pains for it to be easily read. You can see from within the source it does not write to the hard-drives, contact the Internet, access the registry or have any malicious behaviour. Once satisfied with that you can download either the Lazarus compiler or Delphi compiler and create the executable yourself.
I can also add that considering this app is by design to not have a user interface, and it does have an effect on the computer, specifically moving the mouse when its stuck, that could be determined by a demented antivirus as malicious (note it doesn’t even click the mouse buttons, it just changes its location). If this single behaviour alone is virus-like, then even Microsoft Paint is a virus: run mspaint.exe and tap any of the arrow keys to see what I mean.
And then there’s the long history of me attempting to deal with these Draconian virus scanners: –
https://www.jawfin.net/nsm/comment-page-4/#comment-22126 This one is funny
https://www.jawfin.net/nsm/comment-page-3/#comment-17305 Ditto – apparently I have created a virus with a signature that does not exist yet still flags, so exciting.
https://www.jawfin.net/nsm/comment-page-2/#comment-16291 Also funny, the exact same code when in a windowed app and hidden has zero virus results – the exact same code!
And there’s quite a few more…
It has tripped on virus definitions which don’t even exist!
I now own these definitions https://www.google.com/search?q=cKW%40ameBHC and https://www.google.com/search?q=cKW@aWgijTb
What I mean is these are apparent virus signatures, that is a section of computer code that matches known virus – EXCEPT both cKW%40ameBHC & cKW@aWgijTb are not recognised anywhere as being the token to identify any known virus. And yet, the scanners look at my app and go “Yup, that’s cKW@aWgijTb alright, I’d recognise it anywhere”. Its frustrating dealing with stupid of this degree, thus my rant here! These virus companies steal (or maybe politely they buy) these definitions from one another, to identify virus which never existed in the first place!!
Soo yup, nothing more to add than that 🙂
Also, other AV’s (Kaspersky) detect it as “BSS:Worm.Win32.BSS.ScreenLock”
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