Make Your Mouse Pointer Easier to See


As is the case with many folk my age, the eyesight isn’t what it used to be. Some time back I realized that I was having difficulty locating the mouse pointer, especially when it faded into a background of similar color. Many web pages and documents have a white background and the default white pointer often gets lost in a sea of white.

The good news is that it’s really easy to change the size and color of your mouse pointer so it remains clearly discernible. Here’s how:

Go to Control Panel > Mouse. If you don’t see the Mouse option, your Control Panel is probably in “Category” view. Change the view to either Large or Small icons – open the drop down menu associated with “View by” at top right and select either Large or Small icons:

control-panel-category-view

When you click the Mouse item in Control Panel a new “Mouse Properties” window will open. Click on and open the Pointers tab. Now, from the drop down menu under “Scheme”, select your preferred scheme:

mouse-properties-pointers

Mine is set to: Windows Black (extra-large) (system scheme). To make your selection stick, close out clicking Apply then OK.

Alternatively, go to Control Panel > Ease of Access Center and click Make the mouse easier to use:


ease-of-access-mouse-settings

Now you’ll be presented with a variety of options. Enable your preferred option and close out clicking Apply then OK:

ease-of-access-make-mouse-easier-to-see

Bonus Windows 10 Option

In Windows 10, there is a third and possibly simpler option. Go to Start > Settings > Ease of Access and click Mouse (in the left hand panel). Now, simply click the size and color you want:

win10-mouse-pointer-settings

Any of the above steps will take your mouse pointer from:

pointer-before-and-after

I can see clearly now the mouse pointer is black
I can find that big sucker right away
Gone is the tiny pointer that had me blind
It’s gonna be a big, bright, mouse pointer day ~ Jimmy Cliff


About the Author

Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele… as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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