Windows 10 offers lots of customization options. For example, you can configure different settings for your mouse like, changing the color of the pointer or enabling mouse pointer trails. We have already seen how to change the color of the mouse pointer. So, today, we’ll acquaint you with the method of enabling Mouse Pointer Trails in Windows 10.
Pointer trails were originally meant for LCD monitors which had slow response times. It is no longer necessary for modern LCD screens. This feature however still has its use if you have visual difficulties.
Turn On Mouse Pointer Trails in Windows 10
A mouse trail is a path of any shape that follows the mouse pointer around the screen. It is usually used as an accessibility feature that makes it easier for users with impaired vision to see the mouse pointer and track its movement. Sometimes, it can also be used in presentations for fun, decoration, and detail.
There are two methods to enable mouse pointer trails in Windows 10-
- Enable Mouse Pointer trails via Mouse Properties
- Enable Mouse Pointer Trails via a Registry tweak
Let’s cover the above methods in a bit of detail.
1] Enable Mouse Pointer trails via Mouse Properties
Click on ‘Start’, choose ‘Settings’ and select ‘Devices’.
Next, Under the ‘Related Settings’ section look for ‘Additional Mouse Options’ link.
When found, click it to open ‘Mouse Properties’ window.
Now, switch to ‘Pointer options’ tab and scroll down to ‘Visibility’ section.
Check ‘Display pointer trails’ box and move the slider to adjust the length.
2] Enable Mouse Pointer Trails via a Registry tweak
Open the Registry Editor by pressing Win+R in combination, typing regedit.exe in its empty field and pressing ‘Enter’.
Then, navigate to the following path address –
On the right, look for the entry MouseTrails. If there’s no such entry, create one by name – MouseTrails.
Double-click on the entry to change its value data to a number between the ones given below for mouse pointer trails length.
- 2 (short)
- 7 (long)
To disable the feature, set the MouseTrails value to 0.
When done, close the Registry Editor, exit and restart your computer to allow the changes to take effect.
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