Sometimes it’s difficult to see the cursor when you’re showing or demonstrating something in class (from your projector.) Here’s the fix. Cursor Attention is a spiffy little program (free download) that highlights your cursor, making it easier to see when you project your desktop.
1. Download Cursor Attention. (Notice that the website calls it “Pen Attention”. Pen Attention is for tablets. Cursor Attention is for non-tablet devices like laptops or desktops.) If you’re not sure if you need the 32 bit or 64 bit version, download the 32 bit version. Once downloaded, be sure to double click on it to install.
2. Once Cursor Attention is installed, click on the “Show hidden icons” arrow in the lower right corner of your taskbar.
3. Click on the Cursor Attention icon.
4. If you can’t see your pointer when you have Cursor Attention activated, select “Show Pointer.” (You should only have to select this once.)
5. Click “Highlight Settings”. Move the slider to select the opacity. You can see a preview on the right.
6. Click on the color square to select the color of the highlight you want.
7. Select the shape you want for the highlight. Standard is a circle.
8. Select one of the choices if you want to set a hotkey to toggle Cursor Attention on and off.
9. Be SURE to click “Apply Changes.”
10. Click “Close” to close the dialog box.
You need to keep the Cursor Attention program open in order to toggle the highlight on and off. If you can’t get the cursor to show when you press the hotkeys it may mean the program is not open. To find it, press your windows key and type Cursor Attention. Click on it to open. Nothing appears to happen but there will be an icon in the lower right corner of you taskbar. Now you can toggle the highlighting on and off using your hotkey.