How to Turn On or Off Mouse Pointer Shadow in Windows 11

This post describes steps you can take to enable or disable shadow under mouse pointer in Windows 11.

Windows 11 comes with a standard mouse pointer size and color, which is small and white. The default small size usually isn’t helpful especially for people with poor vision.

With the use of wide screens and higher resolutions, it can be difficult to spot the mouse pointer across bigger areas of the screen, or even double screens.

One Windows feature that may help people with poor vision is to turn on mouse pointer shadow. When this is on, it helps make the mouse stand out on your screen so you can see it better.

Other helpful post we have written to help you with quickly locating the mouse pointer on your screen can be found here and here.

So, continue below to learn how to enable mouse pointer shadow in Windows 11.

How to enable shadow under mouse pointer in Windows 11

As described above, if you are having difficulties locating the mouse pointer on your screen, you can enable mouse pointer shadow to help you locate your mouse quickly.

Below is how to do that.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings app. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to the System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings app, click Bluetooth & devices, select the Mouse tile on the right as shown in the image below.

On the Bluetooth & devices -> Mouse settings pane, under Related settings, click on Additional mouse settings as highlighted below.

On the Mouse Properties window, select Pointer tab and check or uncheck the box “Enable pointer shadow” to enable or disable this feature.

Click OK to save your changes and exit.

Alternatively, you can the classic Control Panel app to change the date format there.

Click the Start button, and then search for and select the Run app. In the box, type the command below and press Enter.


When the SystemPropertiesPerformance window opens, under the Visual Effects tab, check or uncheck the box “Show shadow under mouse pointer” to enable or disable the feature.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to enable or disable mouse pointer shadow in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.