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Old 27. Jan 2014, 10:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Earlier versions of Windows had a setting where you could locate the cursor by pressing the Ctrl key. This is missing in Windows 8. Any suggestions?

I'm getting older and blinder yet I use smaller screens. It's easy to loose the cursor,
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Old 27. Jan 2014, 11:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The setting to let Ctrl show the cursor is still there in my Windows 8 machine. Control panel-mouse properties-Pointer options. Or on the Start screen, type "mouse", go to Settings and click "Change mouse settings"
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The setting to let Ctrl show the cursor is still there in my Windows 8 machine. Control panel-mouse properties-Pointer options. Or on the Start screen, type "mouse", go to Settings and click "Change mouse settings"
Not there on mine. No "pointer", only mouse.
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Not there on mine. No "pointer", only mouse.
Do you have Windows 8 or 8.1? Don't know if it will make any difference though... the setting should be there.

I checked on my Windows 8.1 system, and as Vic says, the setting is indeed there. Go to Control Panel, click on Mouse. In the Mouse Properties window that opens up, click on Pointer Options tab. In that, under the Visibility section, you will find the setting "Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key".

The setting was unchecked on my system.
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Do you have Windows 8 or 8.1? Don't know if it will make any difference though... the setting should be there.

I checked on my Windows 8.1 system, and as Vic says, the setting is indeed there. Go to Control Panel, click on Mouse. In the Mouse Properties window that opens up, click on Pointer Options tab. In that, under the Visibility section, you will find the setting "Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key".

The setting was unchecked on my system.
Thanks. I hav not upgraded to 8.1 from 8 because I've finally got 8 to act the way I want (which is to say like 7). I'm reluctant to upgrade and to have to do that again.
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Thanks. I hav not upgraded to 8.1 from 8 because I've finally got 8 to act the way I want (which is to say like 7). I'm reluctant to upgrade and to have to do that again.
Windows 8.1 is not very different from Windows 8. I think you should go ahead with the upgrade. Also, without the upgrade, you won't be able to install security updates and all, so that leaves your system unsecured. And also, if you are to keep using Windows 8, it's better to upgrade.

Regardless of this, I think the setting for the mouse should be the same in Windows 8 or 8.1. You should check the settings again.
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Windows 8.1 is not very different from Windows 8. I think you should go ahead with the upgrade. Also, without the upgrade, you won't be able to install security updates and all, so that leaves your system unsecured. And also, if you are to keep using Windows 8, it's better to upgrade.

Regardless of this, I think the setting for the mouse should be the same in Windows 8 or 8.1. You should check the settings again.
Thanks for your feedback. the cursor locator option is absolutely not in my version of Windows 8. Perhaps it's a s special version for netbooks.

I loath Windows 8 SO MUCH and it took me so long to make it work I wouldn't upgrade. I expect that EVERYTHING I did to make Windows 8 NOT work like Windows 8 will be different in 8.1. That's Microsoft for ya.

I sincerely appreciate your input however.
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Old 31. Jan 2014, 03:54 AM   #8 (permalink)
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df1995, as said before, the option to show the cursor is still there. Do as follows...
  • First, bring up the Control Panel
  • Next, click on Hardware and Sound
  • Look for Mouse under Devices and Printers and click it
  • In the Mouse Properties window, click on the Pointer Options tab
  • Next, click on "Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key"
As for upgrading to Windows 8.1 the choice is ultimately yours, but I have to say I'm personally quite comfortable using it. For that matter, I have never tried to bring back the Start Menu like some people, yet I find my way around perfectly well. I think one very important improvement in Windows 8.1 which made it easier for me is the ability to boot straight to the Desktop. Once there, everything functions pretty much like Windows 7.

Also, the point made by Anupam about not receiving security patches for your system is exceedingly important. Without those patches you would be taking unnecessary risks.
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I loath Windows 8 SO MUCH and it took me so long to make it work I wouldn't upgrade. I expect that EVERYTHING I did to make Windows 8 NOT work like Windows 8 will be different in 8.1. That's Microsoft for ya.
Can understand that.

However, my opinion is that, if you are going to keep using Windows 8, then it's only logical to upgrade to Windows 8.1, which does bring some improvements to Windows 8, although not much.

If you were to downgrade to Windows 7, then it would be understandable that you do not want to upgrade. However, considering that you plan to keep using Windows 8, it would be a good idea to upgrade.

You can always perform the same changes to Windows 8.1 as you did to Windows 8.

From safety point of view too, it's important.

Also, you can post here what you hate about Windows 8, and what you would like in Windows 8 to work like previous versions of Windows. We can post appropriate suggestions for you, to make your life easier with Windows 8 .

BTW, can you please post a screenshot of the Mouse settings on your PC? It's quite strange that it does not have that setting.
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