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How to add trails to the mouse pointer in Windows 7 and Windows 8

How to add trails to the mouse pointer in Windows 7 and Windows 8

  • To open the Ease of Access Centre press ‘Windows’ logo key +‘U’
  • On a touch-enabled device, swipe in from the right hand edge of the screen then tap 'Search' and enter Ease of Access in the search box.
  • Tap 'Settings' then tap 'Ease of Access Center' from the search results.
  • Using a mouse move the mouse pointer to the upper right hand corner of the screen, then move the pointer down to select 'Search' and enter Ease of Access in the search box.
  • Tap 'Settings' then tap 'Ease of Access Center' from the search results.

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Windows 7

  • Ease of Access Center has replaced Accessibility Options in the ‘Control Panel’.
  • Open Ease of Access Center press ‘Windows’ logo key +‘U’ or click Start button ‘Control Panel’ + ‘Ease of Access’ + ‘Ease of Access Center’.

Windows 7 and 8

Step 1

  • Click or‘Tab’ to select ‘Make the mouse easier to use’ and press ‘Enter’ to select, ‘Tab’ to or click to select ‘Mouse Settings’ under See also.
  • This opens the ‘Mouse Properties’ window.

Step 2

  • Click to select the Pointers tab or ‘Tab’ and use the arrow keys. Here you can customise your mouse pointer to one you can easily see.
  • Press ‘Alt’ + ‘S’ and use the arrow keys or click on the drop down list under Scheme to scroll through the options.
  • Click on or ‘Tab’ to and use the arrow keys to select the Pointers options tab, to further customise your mouse pointer.
  • To control the pointer speed under the Motion setting, click on the pointer and move it to the required speed setting or press ‘Alt’ + ‘C’ and use the arrow keys, Fig 1.


Fig 1

  • Snap To will automatically move pointer to the default button in a dialog box. To turn this option on press ‘Alt’ + ‘U’ or click to select ‘Automatically move pointer to the default button in a dialog box’, Fig 2.


Fig 2

From the Desktop

You can also change the pointer trail by:

  • Right clicking anywhere on the desktop and select ‘Personalise’ then select ‘Change Mouse Pointers’.  This opens the mouse properties window as described above.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.

Created on: January-17-2017

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