I am looking for a tool that highlights the mouse cursor when clicking.

It should

  • be gratis, open source preferred
  • run on Windows 7 to 10


  • color is configurable
  • it has different colors or shapes for single click and double click

I found a commercial tool PointerFocus which looks much like what I want. There's a similar question for OSX

  • Even if Win7 is obsolete, I am still interested for a solution for this OS.
    – Basj
    Commented May 4, 2023 at 7:09

2 Answers 2


As mentioned in comments of this question, PowerToys (free and open-source) has a Mouse highlighter feature.

It is available only for Windows 10 (and not 7) though.

Note: those click highlights aren't recorded when using Windows 10 Screen recording, see this comment, so we have to use another software for screen recording, such as ShareX.

  • I can accept PowerToys now, since my Windows 7 requirement from 2016 can be dropped,. Commented May 3, 2023 at 20:10
  • @ThomasWeller I'm still interested in a Windows 7 solution :)
    – Basj
    Commented May 4, 2023 at 7:08

Try realcursoreditor


Then i used this profile:


The only downside is using this you have to manage your profiles when making videos. Also, enabling yellow highlighter. If you run two different type sof monitors you'll notice a different background hue on your mouse pointer

Alternatively I also usually enable "ctrl" to find my mouse pointer as well under "change mouse settings" in windows 7

  • Thanks, it's the right direction. It does not highlight the cursor when clicking but when Ctrl is pressed. I think I'll forget that sometimes during the presentation. Commented Nov 3, 2016 at 21:34
  • NB: if I recall correctly, the "Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key" feature doesn't show the clicks in the screen recordings made with Windows 10 Screen recorder (WIN+ALT+R).
    – Basj
    Commented May 3, 2023 at 13:57

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