How to quickly find mouse pointer location on Windows 11

Do you keep losing your mouse on the screen? Here's how to find it quickly on Windows 11.

Windows 11 find mouse pointer
Windows 11 find mouse pointer

On Windows 11, whether you have a multi-monitor setup or a single large display, sometimes, you may lose sight of the mouse pointer on the screen, and you would typically shake the mouse until you find it again.

Although that’s a natural behavior, Windows 11 has a feature in the mouse settings to quickly find the pointer, showing a ripple animation on the screen when pressing the “Ctrl” key.

If you use PowerToys, you can also enable the “Find My Mouse” feature that similarly lets you find the mouse pointer by pressing the “Ctrl” key twice. The difference is that the PowerToys feature is a modern take on the feature available on Windows, and it allows you to customize the experience, such as color, size, and animation duration.

This guide will teach you two ways to find your mouse on Windows 11.

Find mouse pointer location with PowerToys on Windows 11

If you choose to use the feature available with PowerToys, you first need to install the application from the Microsoft Store, or you can also use the winget install --id Microsoft.PowerToys command to install the app from Command Prompt.

To enable the find my mouse feature for Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open PowerToys.

  2. Click on Mouse utilities.

  3. Under the “Find My Mouse” section, turn on the “Enable Find My Mouse” toggle switch.

    Enable Find my mouse on PowerToys/li>

After you complete the steps, when you can’t find the mouse on the screen, press the “Ctrl” key twice to highlight the mouse location on the screen.

Optionally, under the “Appearance & Behavior” section, you can customize the experience. For example, the “Activation method” allows you to change the action to find the mouse. You can choose to press twice the “Ctrl” key or shake the mouse.

Appearance & behavior settings
Appearance & behavior settings

Also, the “Overlay opacity” option lets use a slider to adjust the transparency of the overlay to find the pointer. The “Background color” and “Spotlight color” options let you create custom screen overlay colors when finding the mouse.

In addition, there is an option to control the spotlight radius, initial zoom, and duration of the animation.

Find mouse pointer location with Ctrl key on Windows 11

Alternatively, you can also use the legacy mouse settings to enable the option to show the pointer location on the screen when pressing the “Ctrl” key.

To enable the find mouse pointer feature by pressing the “Ctrl” key on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Personalization.

  3. Click the Themes page on the right side.

  4. Click on Mouse Cursor.

    Mouse cursor

  5. Click the Pointer Options tab.

  6. Under the “Visibility” section, check the “Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key” option.

    Show pointer location

  7. Click the Apply button.

  8. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, the next you lose sight of the pointer, press the Ctrl key on the keyboard to activate the visual aid to find the mouse pointer wherever it might be on the screen.

While this guide is focused on Windows 11, you can also use these features on Windows 10.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].