Modify Mouse Pointer

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Helpful if you have trouble viewing the mouse pointer.

Windows XP

Find the pointer
  1. Click the Start button or press the Windows logo key on your keyboard.
  2. Open the Control Panel: click on Control Panel or press C on your keyboard and it will pop up.
  3. Open the Mouse Properties: double-click the Mouse icon or press M until the Mouse icon is highlighted and press Enter. The Mouse window will pop up.
  4. Click the Pointer Options tab or press Ctrl and Tab until the Pointer Options tab comes to the front.
  5. Click the checkbox that says "Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key" or press Alt and S on the keyboard to check the box.
  6. To confirm your choice and exit Mouse Properties, press Enter on your keyboard or click the OK icon.
  7. From here on in, press Ctrl on the keyboard when you cannot find the mouse pointer. This will surround it with circles to make it easier to find.
Mouse Properties for Windows XP Users

Make pointer larger
  1. Click the Start button or press the Windows logo key on your keyboard.
  2. Open the Control Panel: click on Control Panel or press C on your keyboard and it will pop up.
  3. Open the Mouse Properties: double-click the Mouse icon or press M until the Mouse icon is highlighted and press Enter. The Mouse window will pop up.
  4. Click the Pointer tab or press Ctrl and Tab until the Pointer tab comes to the front.
  5. Click the Scheme box or press Tab until its drop-down menu is highlighted.
  6. Use the up and down arrows on the keyboard to move through the list. The preview images will change to reflect the chosen scheme.
  7. Choose a scheme. The best sets for visibility are labelled as Large, Extra Large or Inverted. Press Enter on your keyboard if it is already highlighted, or click on it with your mouse.
  8. To exit the Mouse Properties, press Enter on your keyboard or click the OK icon.
Mouse Properties for Windows XP Users

Add trails to your pointer
  1. Click the Start button or press the Windows logo key on your keyboard.
  2. Open the Control Panel: click on Control Panel or press C on your keyboard and it will pop up.
  3. Open the Mouse Properties: double-click the Mouse icon or press M until the Mouse icon is highlighted and press Enter. The Mouse window will pop up.
  4. Click the Pointer Options tab or press Ctrl and Tab until the Pointer Options tab comes to the front.
  5. Click the checkbox that says Display pointer trails or press Alt and D on your keyboard.
  6. To adjust the size of the pointer trails: drag the slider under Display pointer trails or press Tab until the slider bar is highlighted and use the left and right arrow keys to adjust.
  7. To select this option and exit Mouse Properties, press Enter on your keyboard or click the OK icon.
Mouse Properties for Windows XP Users