PointerStick, Turn Your Cursor Into a Stick For Presentations

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 16, 2011
Software, Windows, Windows software

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.

pointer stick presentation

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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  1. anaamikaa said on November 17, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    but i feel that the mouse cursor can be switched off when the stick is visible, any option for that

    also the orientation switch if we go to ends of screen is infact distracting,

    hope these would be corrected in next version

    otherwise a good software

  2. Midnight said on November 16, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    This is quite the program and a great alternative to my rather expensive Logitech Presenter R800.

    Too bad I didn’t know about this before plucking $100.00 on my device!

    Thanks for sharing this, Martin! :)

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