Accessibility Turn On or Off Mouse Pointer Trails in Windows 11


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The mouse pointer, which is sometimes referred to as the cursor, is a bitmap that specifies a focus point on the screen for user input with the mouse.

You can turn on to display pointer trails to see where the mouse is moving on the screen.

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This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off displaying mouse pointer trails for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Mouse Pointer Trails in Control Panel
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Mouse Pointer Trails using REG file




Option One

Turn On or Off Enhance Pointer Precision in Control Panel


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Mouse icon.

2 Click/tap on the Pointer Options tab. (see screenshot below)

3 Do step 4 (on) or step 5 (off) below for what you would like to do.

4 Turn On Mouse Pointer Trails

A) Click/tap on the Pointer Options tab. (see screenshot below)​

B) Check Display pointer trails under Visibility.​

C) Adjust the pointer trails slider between Short to Long for how long of a pointer trail you want.​

D) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 6.​

Pointer_Options-2.png

5 Turn Off Mouse Pointer Trails

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Pointer Options tab. (see screenshot below)​

B) Uncheck Display pointer trails under Visibility.​

C) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 6.​

Pointer_Options-1.png

6 You can now close the Control Panel if you like.




Option Two

Turn On or Off Mouse Pointer Trails using REG file


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

2 Turn On Mouse Pointer Trails

A) Click/tap on the Download button below for the Short to Long pointer trail you want, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_ON_pointer_trails_short-2.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse]
"MouseTrails"="2"

OR

Turn_ON_pointer_trails_short-3.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse]
"MouseTrails"="3"

OR

Turn_ON_pointer_trails_short-4.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse]
"MouseTrails"="4"

OR

Turn_ON_pointer_trails_long-5.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse]
"MouseTrails"="5"

OR

Turn_ON_pointer_trails_long-6.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse]
"MouseTrails"="6"

OR

Turn_ON_pointer_trails_long-7.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse]
"MouseTrails"="7"

3 Turn Off Mouse Pointer Trails

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

Turn_OFF_pointer_trails.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse]
"MouseTrails"="0"

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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