If you often lose your tiny Windows 10 mouse pointer in your football-field-resolution display, there’s a way to quickly locate the wayward arrow by pressing the Ctrl key. Here’s how to turn it on.

First, open the Start menu and type “mouse.” Then click the “Mouse settings” shortcut that appears.

In Mouse settings, locate the “Related settings” section and click the “Additional mouse options” link.

When the “Mouse Properties” window opens, click the “Pointer Options” tab and place a checkmark beside “Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key.” Then click “OK.”

Tip: If you lose your cursor often, you might want to consider turning on “Display pointer trails” in this window as well.

The “Mouse Properties” window will close. Exit settings as well. Now, any time you can’t find your mouse cursor on the screen, just press the Ctrl key. An animated shrinking circle will appear around the cursor.

When you press Ctrl, a circle will appear around your mouse cursor.

Use it as many times as you’d like, and you’ll never lose your mouse cursor again. Happy computing!

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