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Making the Mouse Pointer More Visible

There may be times when you're working on your computer and you lose track of where the mouse pointer is. Or perhaps you just want it to be a more obvious pointer than what is set up as the default. There are a few things you can do to make the mouse pointer more visible.

If the problem is that you just want to be able to more easily locate the pointer (you can easily lose track of it when you've got multiple windows up or are working on multiple displays), you can make it easy to find by taking the following steps:

  1. Click the Start button
  2. Type "mouse" (without the quotes) and press Enter. Windows displays the Mouse Properties dialog box.
  3. Make sure the Pointer Options tab is displayed. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Mouse Properties dialog box.

  5. Select the Show Location of Pointer When I Press the CTRL key check box.
  6. Click OK.

With this small change, you can quickly locate the mouse pointer just by pressing Ctrl key. Windows displays a small animation around the pointer; it looks like a circle that moves inward toward the pointer.

There are several other options you can select to make the mouse pointer more visible as you're working. You can change the size of the pointer, change its color, enable shadows, and display pointer trails. To change any or all of these settings, go to Start | Control Panel | Ease of Access | Ease of Access Center and click "Make the Mouse Easier to Use." From here you can change the pointer's size and color. To set the other options, click the "Mouse Settings" link, which again takes you to the Mouse Properties dialog box where you can enable shadows (on the Pointers tab) and set the system to display pointer trails (on the Pointer Options tab).

This tip (12265) applies to Windows 7.


Comments for this tip:

Tom    16 May 2014, 01:47
Great tips!
Callie    12 Nov 2012, 11:19
I love this tip, but there's one I love even more --- on that same Pointer Options tab, there's "Snap To". No matter where your cursor was when you just clicked, the mouse will next be on the OK (or Print) button. I use it every day when I'm printing out a series of emails so this is also a big timesaver. It's especially great on a laptop since those cursors seem to lose themselves regularly.
John Edmond    12 Nov 2012, 10:23
   Another GREAT tip that I've used (even on my XP OS) for some time. I especially like it as an aid for my own poor eyes, but it's been quite a benefit when a friend looks over my shoulder at a screen's display and a tap on the Ctrl button answers the always-asked "Where are you?" query. Speaking of XP, can you recommend a Site similar to yours on W7 tips? I have many friends who'd LOVE to get help on that OS as well. Thanks; John.
PS May I just say your anti-spam, math question below this box is MUCH MORE friendly than trying to decipher a hard-to-read word or two; I wish others would adapt it!!!
PPS I got an "error" response when I first submitted this and thought you might like to know about a mis-spell in that remark. You need another "r" in the word "occurred". Keep up the good work.

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