How to show location of mouse pointer when you press CTRL

show mouse with ctrl key

On Windows computers, you can show the location of your mouse when you click the Ctrl key on your keyboard. This allows you to locate your mouse the mouse pointer on your display.

When you enable the option to show the location of the mouse pointer when you click the Ctrl key you will momentarily see a pulsating circle around your mouse pointer with the strike of a key.

The circle that flashes around the mouse pointer can be useful and has many purposes. For example, if you are recording a video of your screen and want to show your viewers where you click or if you are pitching an idea to a group of people and want to point at a spot on the monitor.

Luckily you don’t have to download software to show the location of your mouse when you click Ctrl; Microsoft Windows operating systems including Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 have a built-in feature that can be enabled to show you the location of your mouse.

Show location of mouse pointer when you press Ctrl

The instructions and video on this page will teach you how to show the location of your mouse pointer when you click the Ctrl key on your keyboard.

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    1. Open  Windows Start menu and go to Settings > Devices > Mouse > Additional mouse options.

Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key

  1. Go to the Pointer Options tab and select “Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key.”
  2. Click Apply and OK.

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