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How to Re-Enable the Mouse Pointer Drop Shadow in Windows 8


Microsoft changed a lot of display elements in Windows 8, including removing drop shadows from nearly everything–including the mouse pointer. If you want to re-enable it, here’s how to do it.

Re-Enabling Mouse Shadows

Press the Windows + E keyboard combination top open Explorer, then right-click on Computer and select properties from the context menu.


Now click on the Advanced system settings link on the left hand side.


Under the Performance section, click on the Settings button.


Here, enable the show shadows under your mouse pointer setting, then click apply.


That’s all there is to it.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 08/20/12

Comments (5)

  1. SoloID

    Nice…. But is there a way to enable an working GUI?

  2. SoloID

    Nice…. But is there a way to enable an normal working OS in Windows 8.

  3. SatoMew

    You could also use the Mouse control panel on the desktop (main.cpl). In that dialog, go to the Pointers tab, tick “Enable pointer shadow”, click Apply and/or OK. There, it’s done.

  4. Taylor Gibb

    @SatoMew you could do it like that as well :)

  5. BlackKnightRebel

    Hmm, I actually disabled it in Windows 7.

    It’s not much, but it does eat away at some resources to have it on. I have much fancier utilities enabled so since I never notice the shadow anyway I just disabled it and let something more intensive gobble up those resources instead.

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