Play “Find the mouse pointer” in Windows 11 and Windows 10

There’s a simple and unobtrusive way to find a missing mouse pointer in both Windows 11 and Windows 10 using the Find My Mouse utility.

Sometimes that mouse cursor seems to disappear.  Nothing catches your eye when you moving the mouse around. There is a nice and easy solution using the PowerToys for Windows 11 and Windows 10.

Find My Mouse

Among the many PowerToys is a collection of Mouse utilities.  The one we like and often use is Find My Mouse.

If the mouse pointer has gone AWOL just double tap the left Ctrl key, the screen will highlight the area around the rodent pointer.

Source: Microsoft

Left Control x 2 or Shake mouse

Just added to the latest PowerToys (v0.56.1) is an alternative way to activate Find My Mouse.

In the PowerToys Settings | Mouse Utilities | Find My Mouse there’s a choice of Activation method:

  • Press Left Control twice
  • Shake mouse

There’s also a Mouse Highlighter that gives visual clues when the left or right mouse buttons are clicked.

Mouse Utilities and a lot more …

Both of our Windows books have a whole, detailed chapter devoted to getting the most from all the PowerToys: Windows 11 for Microsoft Office users

And the 2022 updated edition of Windows 10 for Microsoft Office users

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