Making the Mouse Pointer More Visible

by Barry Dysert
(last updated January 15, 2018)

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There may be times when you're working on your computer and you lose track of where the mouse pointer is. (This can be a huge problem when you are using your system at a high screen resolution.) 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. Display the Control Panel.
  2. Click the Hardware and Sound category.
  3. Click the Mouse link, under the Devices and Printers category. Windows displays the Mouse Properties dialog box.
  4. Make sure the Pointer Options tab is displayed. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The Pointer Options tab of the Mouse Properties dialog box.

  6. Select the Show Location of Pointer When I Press the CTRL key check box.
  7. 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, display the Control Panel, click the Ease of Access category, and then click Ease of Access Center. If you scroll down in the options, you'll see the "Make the Mouse Easier to Use" link, which you should click. 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, 8, and 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...

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What is 4 + 1?

2018-01-15 15:27:23

David H.

Ted: The Control Panel is hidden in the newer versions of Windows 10 but You can still find it by doing a search for "Control Panel".

Kevin: Your method works only on the earlier versions of Windows 10.

Barry & Allen: I believe Windows is now discouraging the use of the Control Panel and instead encouraging its' users to use the "Settings" link on the Start Menu. (Also, your link to instructions on how to display the Control Panel points to an article specifically for Windows 8 users only.) I would suggest your navigation instructions utilize the path to these tools via. the "Settings" link, since we're all going to have to get used to using "Settings" instead of Control Panel in the future anyway.
By the way, thank you for all of your great articles!


2018-01-15 14:23:00

Ted Duke

There's nothing like this. Following today's update, 1/15/2018, in current Windows.


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