Monday, January 10, 2011

Disappearing Mouse in PowerPoint

Many people note, with annoyance, that the mouse cursor disappears after a few seconds when showing a presentation – and complain that you have to “shake” the mouse to get it to reappear. There is a fix for this…

In PowerPoint Slide Show mode, the cursor shows briefly, for about 5 seconds or so, and then disappears. This is the native operation for PowerPoint. To make the cursor show continuously, in Slide Slow mode move your mouse to the bottom left of the screen to show the Pencil-like icon (you may have to hunt a bit to find it) and then click on it. It will bring up a small menu with “Arrow Options” at the bottom. Choose this (“Arrow Options”) and then “Visible”. This should keep your mouse visible as long as you stay in Slide Show mode…

1 comment:

jlwatson said...

Peter, thanks for that tip to locate the cursor.

I recently started using another approach, to "find" the cursor, whenever it disappears from view. (This works with any application; not just PowerPoint.)

control panel>mouse>Pointer options>locate mouse using Control key

Best regards,
Jim