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How to Enable Mouse Cursor Trail in Windows 10

In this post, we will talk about how to enable the mouse cursor trail in Windows 10. You can easily do that using 2 simple methods.



Windows 10 is no doubt the best ever operating system of Microsoft. It offers so many customization options for keyboard as well as mouse, like change primary mouse button, cursor color, auto-scroll, and so on. One of these interesting customization options is that you can enable the mouse pointer trails in your PC. The mouse pointer trail is basically a path created by (burry) shapes while following the mouse cursor on the screen. So, in this post, I will explain how to enable the mouse cursor trail in Windows 10.

The mouse cursor trail was basically introduced for monitors (LCD) with pretty slow response times. This helped in tracking your mouse cursor path accurately. But, for the new age LCD screens, it is no longer required or you can say it is unnecessary now. But, for someone with visual impairment or difficulties, this feature can be of help as they can easily see the mouse cursor and track its path or movement. You can sometimes use it for fun or detailing while giving a presentation.

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How to Enable Mouse Cursor Trail in Windows 10?

There are 2 simple ways using which you can enable the mouse pointer trails in Windows 10. The methods are as follows:

Enable Mouse Cursor Trail with Registry Tweak:

You can do a simple tweak to the Registry and enable the mouse cursor trail. Just follow the steps below.

Step 1: The first thing you need to do is open the “Registry Editor”. To do that, you can simply press “Windows Key + R” and then type “regedit.exe”. Then press Enter to open the registry editor.

open registry editor

Step 2: After that, you need to navigate to the following registry path.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse

mouse pointer trails registry key

Step 3: Then on the right panel, you will see a string value named, “MouseTrails”. If you don’t see one, then create a new string value and rename it to “MouseTrails”.

Step 4: Then double-click on it and change the value data from “0” to “7” for long trails or “0” to “2” for short trails. Once done, close the registry editor and restart your PC to make the changes.

change mouse cursor trials value data

If any point of time, you want to disable it, then you can simply open the same string value and set the value data to “0”.

Enable Mouse Cursor Trail from Mouse Properties:

You can also use the default “Mouse Properties” option to enable the mouse cursor trail in Windows 10 PC. For that, you need to follow the below steps.

Step 1: To get started, simply press “Windows Key + I” to open the “Windows Settings” app. You can also click on the “Start” button and select the “Settings” icon. After the app opens up, select the “Devices” option.

open windows settings app

Step 2: Then, you need to click on the “Mouse” option on the left panel. After that, you can see a “Related Settings” option on the right under which there will be a link called “Additional Mouse Options”.

additional mouse option

Step 3: Now, click on this link to open the “Mouse Properties”. After that, go to the “Pointer Options” tab and enable the “Display Pointer Trails” option under the “Visibility” section. That’s it, the mouse cursor trail will be enabled on your PC.

enable mouse pointer trail

Step 4: There you will also see a slider using which you can adjust the length of the pointer trails. Just drag it back and forth to define the cursor trail length.

If you want to disable, then in the “Pointer Options” tab uncheck the “Display Pointer Trails” option.


So, this is how you can easily enable mouse cursor trails in Windows 10. You can try either method whichever you thing is convenient for you. What I like is that we don’t need to use any third-party tool to do the same.

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