Accessibility Enable or Disable Mouse Pointer Indicator in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the mouse pointer indicator for your account in Windows 11.

Starting with Windows 11 build 26058 (Canary and Dev), Microsoft added a mouse pointer indicator feature that allows low vision users on Windows to now easily locate and use their cursor. This will allow these users to be more productive and efficient when using a Windows device.

You can also choose a custom color for the mouse pointer indicator.

Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Pointer Indicator using Keyboard Shortcut
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Pointer Indicator in Settings
  • Option Three: Turn On or Off Pointer Indicator in Registry Editor


EXAMPLE: Mouse pointer indicator shown over Settings in Windows 11

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Option One

Turn On or Off Pointer Indicator using Keyboard Shortcut


1 Press the Win :win: + Ctrl + X keys to toggle Pointer indicator on and off.




Option Two

Turn On or Off Pointer Indicator in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Accessibility on the left side, and click/tap on Mouse pointer and touch on the right side. (see screenshot below)


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3 Turn on or off (default) Pointer indicator for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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4 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Three

Turn On or Off Pointer Indicator in Registry Editor


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you want.

2 Turn On Pointer Indicator

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_ON_Pointer_indicator.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Cursors]
"CursorCrosshairEnabled"=dword:00000001

3 Turn Off Pointer Indicator

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_OFF_Pointer_indicator.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Cursors]
"CursorCrosshairEnabled"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 Either sign out and sign in or restart the computer to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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