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

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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.

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

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Under the Performance section, click on the Settings button.

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

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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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