Microsoft mouse pointer can now look like a sniper's aim in Windows 11

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Key notes

  • Windows 11 Insider Preview adds “Pointer Indicator” for low-vision users.
  • High-contrast, customizable indicator improves pointer visibility and reduces eye strain.
  • Currently available to Canary and Dev Channel Insiders, wider rollout TBD.

Microsoft has released a new accessibility feature in their latest Insider Preview Build 26058 of Windows 11. It transforms your humble mouse pointer into a laser-focused targeting sight straight out of a sniper’s rifle.

This update, rolling out to both the Canary and Dev Channels, introduces the aptly named Pointer Indicator. Designed for low-vision users, this option adds a high-contrast, customizable indicator around your mouse pointer, making tracking its location on the screen easier.

But for design enthusiasts, the possibilities extend far beyond accessibility. Imagine the precision you’ll have when editing pixel-perfect images.

Here’s how to activate your inner sharpshooter:

  1. Head over to Settings > Accessibility > Mouse pointer and touch.
  2. Toggle on the Pointer indicator setting.
  3. Adjust the size, color, and opacity for an extra personalization touch to match your preferences.

The Pointer Indicator is more than just a pretty design. It offers practical advantages as well. The high-contrast indicator enhances visibility, making it particularly helpful for users with visual impairments. It ensures that the pointer remains sharp even on busy screens. Additionally, eliminating the need to constantly search for the pointer can help reduce eye fatigue, especially during extended computer use.

So, whether you’re a low-vision user seeking improved accessibility or just someone who appreciates a bit of customization, the Pointer Indicator is worth checking out.