Devices Turn On or Off Show Pointer Location when Press CTRL Key in Windows 11

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This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off show location of the pointer when the Ctrl key is pressed for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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.

Windows 11 gives you a fast way to find your mouse pointer by circling it when you press the Ctrl key.


The Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key setting and others are saved together in the UserPreferencesMask binary value in the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop location for the current user.

EXAMPLE: Show pointer when CTRL key is pressed


Here's How:

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 Check (on) or uncheck (off - default) Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key under Snap To for what you want.

4 Click/tap on OK.

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


That's it,
Shawn Brink



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