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IDEA: MouseLocater - automatic highlight cursor when mouse is moved again

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Working on big and/or multiple screens one often has to search for the mouse cursor. For OS X there is a nice program called mouseLocater which is extremly helpful.

When you move the mouse the cursor is highlighted by a graphic, so it's much easier to find the current location of the cursor. This feature would be very annoying, when the mouselocator would show up every time you use the mouse. So you can define an "idle time" or "trigger delay". When the mouse was not moved for the specified time the mouselocater shows up, when you move the mouse then.

In addition you can specify how long the mouselocator graphic will show up. I know that there is a Windows feature using Ctrl-key (press and release) to show the mouse cursor. Of course I also know Skrommels MouseMark which is similar in function to the win feature. Both have the disadvantage that I must press a hotkey to enable the function. The win feature also conflicts with some autohotkey key combos I defined. So I mimicked the Win function by adapting Skrommels MouseMark to use the Press/Release Ctrl-key. But I'm still not happy with this solution.

I tried to code a similar tool like mouselocator with Autohotkey, but was not successfull so far :(

My dream would be that (similar to mouselocator) the graphic would blend after the specified time. In the Autohotkey script collection Activaid is a function called "VolumeControl" which slowly blends the graphic (in this case of the volume control) into the background -- similar to the OS X graphic if someone has seen this.

A nice touch would be the other option of the "original" MouseLocator program to allow to turn on the graphic always or to have a yellow dot to show clicks. The latter option can be useful when giving talks and demonstrating software. I used this sometimes on the Mac. Allowing to define a hotkey will make the script or program even more useful for this who do not which that the mouselocator shows up automatically.

The one coming up with the solution for this "autolocator" will be my hero :)

Best regards

I haven't tried this, but there's Sonar:
Sonar 4 (677Kb)
This package provides an expanded ring around the mouse pointer for users who have difficulty locating the pointer. Unlike the Windows XP version, this package places a permanent ring around the pointer. This version introduces the option to vary the colour of the Sonar ring.
June 2008 - Added the use of ALT+s to show / hide the ring when required, version now 4.1
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I haven't tried this, but there's Sonar
-rjbull (April 07, 2009, 05:11 AM)
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Thanks for the pointer. I tried Sonar, but it will show a "sonar" circular or rectangular border around the cursor allways. This is very annoying. A ring showing up, just when "needed" is much better IMO. I have used "MouseLocator" on the Mac for a long time and I find this approach to be very nice -- especially with multi-monitor-setups.

BTW, one workaround would be to buy a Mac, install Parallels and run Windows inside OS X. Then you'll have MouseLocator still active ;)  I have tried this at work already.

What about the built in windows function which lets you tap CTRL and it highlights the cursor?



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