The Mouse Sonar Effect

By | April 1, 2011
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Here’s a great tip for those of you who have trouble locating your mouse pointer on the screen. Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 have a feature that some refer to as “mouse sonar effect”. This option causes your mouse pointer to pop-up in the center of concentric rings so you can easily find it. Some of you may have never lost your mouse pointer, but we have, and its frustrating. The mouse pointer is very difficult to find if you have trouble seeing or on certain color backgrounds. (NO! EB! I am not having trouble seeing!

If you’d like to use the “mouse sonar effect” to assist you in locating your mouse pointer, here’s how easy that is to do. This tip works on Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. The screen shot below was taken on a computer running Vista.

1. Click Start then Control Panel

2. Click On “Mouse”

3. Choose Pointer Options

4. Select “Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key.”

Take a look at the screen capture below and you’ll see it in living color.

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