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To help improve the visibility of the pointer in Windows, you can enable to display pointer trails. This will show an adjustable trail behind the pointer whenever you move it.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to display pointer trails for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

CONTENTS:
  • Option One: Turn On or Off Display Pointer Trails in Mouse Properties
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Display Pointer Trails in Registry Editor





Turn On or Off Display Pointer Trails in Windows OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Display Pointer Trails in Windows
Turn On or Off Display Pointer Trails in Mouse Properties

1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Mouse icon.

2. Do step 3 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you want.


 3. To Turn On Display Pointer Trails

A) Click/tap on the Pointer Options tab. (see screenshot below)

B) Check the Display pointer trails box under Visibility.

C) Adjust the slider for how short or long you want the pointer trails to be, and click/tap on OK.

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 4. To Turn Off Display Pointer Trails

Note   Note
This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Pointer Options tab. (see screenshot below)

B) Uncheck the Display pointer trails box under Visibility, and click/tap on OK.

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Turn On or Off Display Pointer Trails in Windows OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Display Pointer Trails in Windows
Turn On or Off Display Pointer Trails in Registry Editor

1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type regedit into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

2. Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse

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3. In the right pane of the Mouse key, double click/tap on the MouseTrails string value (REG_SZ) to modify it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (on) or step 6 (off) below for what you want.


 5. To Turn On Display Pointer Trails

A) Type a number between 2 (short) to 7 (long) for the pointer trails length you want, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)


 6. To Turn Off Display Pointer Trails

Note   Note
This is the default setting.

A) Type 0 (zero), click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. Close Registry Editor.

8. Sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.


That's it,
Shawn