Making the mouse pointer easier to locate, follow and move are problems to consider for students with cognitive, sensory or physical disabilities. There are ways to improve how the pointer is seen and controlled.
In the Windows operating systems (95 and 98), open the:Settings \ Control Panels \ Mouse Properties \ Pointers
Mouse Options include adjusting:
Here you can change how the pointer (and other cursors) looks. The default pointer is Windows Black (Large). Under Mouse Properties, you can change the size and color of the pointer. Or, you can choose a completely new cursor theme, like "Oceans" where the pointer changes to a seashell!
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MouseKeys is a computer utility found in Mac and Windows operating systems. Students who can't handle the mouse but who can press keys on the keyboard can use MouseKeys to perform all mouse functions. The keys on the numeric keypad control all the mouse functions. Using MouseKeys can help someone move the pointer in smaller, controlled increments for better control. Check out the Microsoft Guide to Using Mouse Keys!
Hint: Students frequently use the #5 key as the click or "fire" button.
In addition to the options provided within your operating system, mouse and trackball devices frequently come with software drivers that allow you to use and adjust other features.
Check the device's documentation to see if there are options to: