How to Find a Mouse Pointer

By Chris Hoke

For novice computer users, the display can seem like a confusing jumble of images and windows. If you occasionally have difficulty locating your mouse pointer, there is a handy pointer location feature built into Windows. This feature allows you to find your pointer quickly by creating a ring animation around it whenever you press the "Ctrl" key. This can be particularly useful for computer users with poor vision. To use this feature, you will first need to activate it in the Windows Control Panel.

Step 1

Click "Start" and select "Control Panel."

Step 2

Double-click the "Mouse" icon to open the Mouse Properties window. If the "Mouse" icon is not present, click the "Switch to Classic View" link on the left side of the window and double-click the "Mouse" icon.

Step 3

Click the "Pointer Options" tab at the top of the Mouse Properties window.

Step 4

Check the box next to "Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key." Click to remove the check form the box next to "Hide pointer while typing" to make the mouse pointer visible at all times.

Step 5

Click "Apply" and select "OK" to close the Mouse Properties window.

Step 6

Tap the "Ctrl" key activate the ring animation, making your mouse pointer easier to find.