Easily Locate The Mouse Cursor


Q. I know it sounds strange, but when I’m working on a long document or a huge spreadsheet, I sometimes lose the cursor in the huge array of data. Is there a way to make the cursor more visual?

A. Believe me, you’re not alone. It’s a problem many people have—especially those who spend long hours at a computer screen filled with numbers. There are several things you can do to make the cursor stand out. First I’ll show you the easiest way.

Click on Start , Control Panel and then the Mouse icon, Mouse Properties and the Pointer Options tabs. Place a check next to Show location of pointer when I press the Ctrl key . Now when you press the Ctrl key, a brief, flashing bull’s-eye will appear around the cursor.

The other thing you can do is change your cursor design to make it more visible. As you’ll see you have quite an array of designs to choose from. Go back to Mouse Properties and then Pointer Options . Click on Browse at the bottom of the screen. That will evoke a screen filled with various kinds of pointers.

Browse through the possibilities and select the one that best suits your needs.


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