Find the Mouse Pointer

When working on my laptop, especially with a second monitor plugged in, it's sometimes hard to find the mouse pointer. Too often, this happens in the middle of a meeting, while I'm trying to demonstrate something to a client.

To make the pointer easier to find, you can use one of the built in features:

  1. Click the Start button on the Windows taskbar, and click on Control Panel
  2. Double-click on the Mousecontrol, to open the Mouse Properties dialog box
  3. Click on the Pointer Options tab
  4. Add a check mark to Show Location of Pointer When I Press the CTRL Key
  5. Click OK
  6. Close the Control Panel window.

The next time you lose the pointer, press the Ctrl key, and circles will flash on the screen, showing its location.

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4 Responses

  1. Nick Hodge says:


    I’m ashamed I didn’t know about your blog. Now an automated RSS in IE and Outlook


  2. Dave says:

    I like this one:
    Under Control Panel|Accessibility Options Applet
    Keyboard Tab

    I check Togglekeys (at the bottom). It gives me a beep when I hit the caps lock, num lock or scroll lock.

  3. admin says:

    Dave: Thanks, I’ve been using that setting since you mentioned it somewhere, a couple of years ago.
    It warns me when I think that I’ve hit the Tab key, but really hit the Caps Lock.

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