PowerToys is getting a new cursor finding feature

PowerToys Cursor Finding Tool Icon

Microsoft recently released a new experimental (beta) version of PowerToys. Release 0.48.1 adds a tool that allows users to mute a microphone and disable a webcam with a single keystroke. Before shipping the new utility in the stable channel (Video Conference Mute is still a public preview), Microsoft is already working on a new tool to expand the default feature set in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Clint Rutkas, Microsoft PowerToys Lead, revealed in his Twitter account a new feature that is coming soon to PowerToys. It will help users with high-resolution screens to locate the lost cursor. No more violent mouse shaking.

We do not know how the feature will work, but it is safe to assume that PowerToys will let you assign a shortcut key to dim the screen and locate the cursor with a bright circle (as seen on the GIF in a tweet).

Interestingly, Windows has a built-in mouse cursor finder since ancient times. You can enable that feature in the mouse setting and then track the cursor using the Ctrl key. According to Clint, PowerToys will offer a much better "night and day" user experience.

It is also worth mentioning that other operating systems have similar capabilities. For example, in macOS, users can locate the cursor by shaking the mouse, which increases the cursor size.

If you frequently lose the cursor, there are other tools you can utilize while Microsoft prepares a new utility in the PowerToys app. In addition to the Ctrl button, you can increase the cursor size, change its color or switch it to the inverted mode.

Those options are a part of accessibility settings in Windows 10 and Windows 11. In Windows 10, you can find them by pressing Win + I and navigating to Ease of Access > Mouse pointer. In Windows 11, press Win + I and go to Accessibility > Mouse pointer and Touch.

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Author: Taras Buria

Taras is here to cover stories about Microsoft and everything around, although sometimes he prefers Apple.

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