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How to add trails to the mouse pointer in Windows 11

How to add trails to the mouse pointer in Windows 11

Short guide

  1. Open the Settings app by pressing the Windows logo key   + I on the keyboard. Click Bluetooth & Devices then Mouse.
  2. Scroll down to Related settings and click Additional mouse settings.
  3. Click the Pointer Options tab, then go to Visibility section and tick the checkbox for Display pointer trails.
  4. Adjust the length of the trails by dragging the slider between Short and Long.
  5. Click OK.

Before and after

The Windows 10 pointer before and after adding mouse trails

This section takes you step-by-step through adding a trail to your mouse pointer in Windows 11, complete with pictures of the screen to help.

Find the Devices settings

1. Launch Settings app by pressing the Windows logo key  + I on the keyboard or by clicking the Start button then Settings. Click Bluetooth & devices in the left-hand column then Mouse in the right-hand column.

Click Bluetooth & Devices in the left-hand column the Mouse in the right-hand column

Click Additional mouse options

2. Scroll down and look under Related settings. Click Additional mouse settings.

Scroll down to Related settings and click Additional mouse options

Enable pointer trails

3. The Mouse Properties window will appear. Click the Pointer Options tab and look under Visibility. Tick the checkbox labelled Display pointer trails to enable it.

Click the Pointer Options tab and tick the checkbox next to Display pointer trails

Change the trail length

4. You can adjust the length of the trails by dragging the slider between Short and Long. Drag it to the left for a shorter trail and to the right for a longer trail.

Drag the slider between Short and Long to change the length of the trail

Close the window

5. When you are happy with your settings click OK to close the window.

Click OK to close the window

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings are managed by someone else (an IT department or administrator for example) in which case you will need to contact them to access these settings or for further help.

Created on: October-26-2021

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