Displays are getting bigger and better every year, so it’s no wonder we sometimes lose track of the tiny mouse pointer on the screen. If you are using multiple displays, finding that tiny white mouse pointer becomes even more difficult. Here’s how you can find the mouse pointer on Windows 11 and 10 screens with a single click using native and third-party options.
Find Mouse Pointer on Windows
This article is about ways to find the mouse pointer on Windows faster instead of searching for it manually. Read this troubleshooting guide if your mouse pointer is not working at all on the Windows computer.
1. Find Mouse Pointer on Windows With Native Options
Windows comes with a hidden setting that will let you quickly find the location of the mouse pointer. It’s free and comes built-in.
1. Click on the Windows icon, search Settings, and open it.
2. In the Settings app, click on Bluetooth and devices option in the sidebar, then select the Mouse option in it.
3. Under the Mouse settings, click on Additional mouse settings.
4. It will open a Mouse Properties window. Here select the Pointer Options tab.
5. Now enable the toggle beside the Show location of the pointer when I press the CTRL key.
6. Finally, click on Apply and then OK to save changes. You can also close the Settings app after that.
Moving forward, to locate the mouse pointer, simply press the Ctrl button on your keyboard. You should see a circle animation around your mouse pointer on the screen making it easier to find.
2. Find Mouse Pointer on Windows Using PowerToys
While you can find the mouse pointer with the native option, using PowerToys gives a few unique advantages. It grabs more attention than a normal circle, adds the ability to control the appearance and behavior of the circle, and customizes the activation method.
Also, PowerToys was developed by Microsoft but then open-sourced later. It comes with a number of tools and features like extracting text from anywhere, finding out which program is currently using the file/folder, renaming multiple files in one go, and more.
1. First, you need to download the PowerToys app from GitHub. You can download it from the Microsoft Store too, but it is usually a few versions behind.
2. On the GitHub page, scroll down to the Assets section. If your PC has an X64 processor, click on Power Toys Setup X64. If you have an ARM processor, click on Power Toys Setup ARM64 option. Then click on the Save button in the pop-up to save the setup file.
If you are not sure which processor your PC has, open Settings > System > About. Now on the About page, check for the System Type option. Here you should find your processor type.
3. To install, open the downloaded file. Now enable the checkbox beside I agree to the license terms and conditions option. Then click on Install. In the pop-up, click on the Yes button for the installation process to start.
4. Now open PowerToys and click on the Mouse Utilities option in the sidebar.
5. Here enable the toggle beside Enable Find My Mouse.
6. Then beside the Activation Method option, you can either choose the Press Left Control Twice option or the Shake Mouse option. The feature will be enabled and helps you find your mouse pointer when you use that selected shortcut.
7. Once done, use the method you have selected to find your mouse pointer. It throws a spotlight on your mouse pointer making it easier to find.
8. In case, you want to make any changes to its appearance, click on the Appearance & behavior option. Under it, you can adjust the background color, spotlight color, radius, opacity, animation, etc.
That’s it, now when you use the activation shortcut, it shows a spotlight around your mouse pointer according to your customized appearance.
In case, you want to double press the control button or shake the mouse in any other apps, you can exclude those apps from PowerToys. So when you are using these excluded apps, find my mouse will not activate and show a spotlight around the pointer.
1. Why My Power Toys Shortcut Is Not Working?
Power Toys is an application that will automatically start when you turn on the PC and always runs in the background for the features to work. Anyhow, sometimes it can have an issue starting the app automatically or may take some time to start the Power Toys app to work in the background. Windows can also close the background running apps for better performance on low-end devices. Try opening the Power Toys app manually for everything to work normally.
2. Why My Mouse Is Not Working?
So you have found the mouse, but unfortunately, it is not working? The common issue can be the connection issue. If that isn’t solving the issue, then try these ways to fix the mouse not working on Windows. In case you have issues with the clicks try how to fix the left or right click not working on Windows
Found Mouse Pointer
The native option is good enough for the most part. But it just adds a circle around the mouse. PowerToys not only allows you to customize the spotlight around the mouse pointer but also adds a bunch of other neat tools to your arsenal. For example, you can keep windows always stay on top, show thumbnails, and more.