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Trouble Seeing the Pointer on Your Windows Laptop?

SUMMARY: Three ideas you can try if your mouse pointer is barely visible on your Windows screen.

If you have trouble seeing the mouse pointer on a Windows laptop, there are a few things you may be able to try depending on your operating system:

1) Change the mouse pointer or get an animated pointer. A larger or animated pointer may help direct your eyes on a crowded display. For example, in Windows XP, click on "Start", then "Control Panel". Navigate to the Mouse Control panel. Click the "Pointers" tab, double-click "Normal Select", and choose from a variety of pointers. Click "OK" to close the dialog boxes.

2) Enable pointer trails. Some operating systems have a feature to display trails behind the mouse pointer whenever it is moved. For example, in Windows XP, click on "Start", then "Control Panel". Navigate to the Mouse Control panel. Click the "Pointer Options" tab, check "Display Pointer Trails", and click "OK".

3) Enable a keyboard shortcut operation that, when pressed, highlights the pointer. For example, in Windows XP, click on "Start", then "Control Panel". Navigate to the Mouse Control panel. Click the "Pointer Options" tab, check "Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key", and click "OK".

Depending on your operating system, check your "Control Panel" or "Settings" area and look for "Mouse" settings. From here you can see if these or other related options are available.

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