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

By Taylor Gibb on August 20th, 2012


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
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