When you are holding presentations on a big screen with a computer mouse you know that it may be quite difficulty to follow the mouse cursor around. That's fine if you have presentation software that gives you the tools at hand to highlight areas or write on the screen. If you are stuck with the mouse, you could consider changing the mouse cursor into a bigger one.
That's what the free portable software PointerStick does. It adds a presentation stick to the mouse cursor. While you still see the default mouse cursor on the screen, a stick is added to it that points to its location.
The stick itself is huge in comparison making mouse movements and cursor positions easily identifiable even from afar on on smaller screens.
PointerStick comes with a set of options. Non-German speaking users should click on the LNG link first to switch to English as the interface language.
Both the site of the pointing stick and the transparency can be configured with sliders in the interface. The default size is set to 512 pixels which can be changed to a value between 64 and 1024 pixels. It is furthermore possible to change the transparency of the mouse pointer with a slider.
The program ships with several pointer stick textures, including gold, silver or red. This can make sense depending on the screen background.
Several shortcuts to hide or display the stick are enabled by default. A triple click with the left mouse button hides or shows it, as do the keyboard combinations Ctrl-Alt-Y and Ctrl-Alt-Z and a right-click on the program's system tray icon.
Windows users can download the portable software PointerStick from the developer website. The program is compatible with all recent 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.
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