“Where the heck is my mouse pointer?” If you’ve asked yourself that question too many times, you can change the size and color of your mouse pointer to make it easier to find on the screen.

You can use either PC Settings or the Control Panel to change the mouse pointer size and color, and we’ll show you both ways. The PC Settings method can be used in Windows 10 and 8, and the Control Panel method can be used in Windows 10, 8, and 7.

Using PC Settings in Windows 8 and 10

Open PC Settings by clicking the Settings icon on the Start menu. You can also type “settings” into the Start menu’s Search box.

On the Settings dialog box, click “Ease of Access”.

Click “Mouse” in the list of options on the left.

There are three different sizes you can choose from for your mouse pointer. Click on one to select it.

The size of your mouse immediately changes. The default color of your mouse pointer is white. You can choose black (middle) or inverted colors (right). The inverted colors option changes the mouse pointer color depending on the background color so it’ll stand out no matter where it is.

Again, the pointer should immediately change and you can go about your work.


Using Control Panel in Windows 7, 8, and 10

To change the size of the mouse pointer using the Control Panel in Windows 7, 8, or 10, search for control panel either on the Start menu or on the Start screen and click on the Control Panel in the search results.

On the Control Panel window, click “Ease of Access”.

Then, under Ease of Access Center, click the “Change how your mouse works” link.

Select an option for the size and color you want for the mouse pointer in the “Change the color and size of mouse pointers” box. Then, click “OK”.

You are returned to the Ease of Access Center screen on the Control Panel window. To close the Control Panel, click the “X” in the upper-right corner.

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There are additional Ease of Access features, such as a magnifier, high contrast, and keyboard settings, that can make using your computer easier as well.

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