It can be rather tricky to keep track of the tiny white arrow, especially if you have a visual impairment. People often ask me if they can get the pointer or cursor any bigger and of course Windows supports this. Windows comes bundled with some bigger cursors and you can also download more pointers from the Internet.
In addition to replacing the pointer itself you can also improve visibility by enabling pointer trails and, for when you are struggling to find the cursor, you can set up an easy way to find it again.
Hit the Windows Start button and click on the gear icon
Click on “Devices” text in the settings window
Click on “Mouse & touchpad”
Scroll down and click on “Additional mouse options” under related settings
Click on “Pointers” tab in the new window that appears
Click on the Drop Down Button button in the list of Pointers
Select “Magnified (system scheme)” item in the list that appears
Finally click on the OK button and you should have a mouse pointer that’s easier to see.
Download More Mouse Pointers
I made a large (32×32) bright green cursor that’s easy to see and follow around the screen. It has a white border around the outside so even on green objects it remains very clear. You can download my green cursor from this site. It also comes bundled with a red and a yellow version.
If you want to use your own custom cursors such as these, you will need to:
- Click on the pointer type (e.g. Normal)
- Click on the Browse button.
- Locate the cursor that you’re after and click Open.
Repeat the above for the other cursor states in the list. Don’t forget that you can save your scheme by pressing the Save As button.
Download my cursors FREE
You can download more cursor schemes, for free, from the Internet. Here are some more locations:
- ACE Centre Large Pointers FREE
- Dolphin High Visibility Cursors FREE
- Rabe’s Big Cursors FREE
- Dierk’s List of Animated Cursors FREE
If you need an even bigger cursor
If the pointer is still difficult to see then you may need to consider some specialist software such as RJ Cooper’s Biggy or Zoomtext . The latter is an expensive option because it includes magnification across the whole of windows and is designed for people with a more significant visual impairment.