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The mouse pointer can typically be hidden via a setting in the mouse settings in control panel. The actual text cursor or 'caret' cannot be hidden.

Is there a way to make the cursor disappear while I type?

It depends on which cursor.

The mouse pointer (which is often appears as a cursor) is typically controlled by the mouse settings in control panel. Exactly how varies depending on the manufacturer of your mouse, but for example on my machine (with a Microsoft Bluetooth wireless mouse) it's in Control Panel, Mouse,

Pointer Options tab. In there is a checkbox for Hide pointer while typing.

I've not been able to find an option to make the system cursor (also known as a caret) disappear while typing.

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7 Comments
smilin_assassin
November 26, 2004 12:21 PM

is there any free software that is usable to make yr own mouse cursor , any help would be great ,thanx.

karn
April 11, 2005 11:29 AM

I cannot recall how to make the cursor disappear when I am typing. I believe there is a control panel or preference setting somewhere for this, but I have forgotten where is is. Can you point me to the place where these settings can be made?

nicol
January 18, 2006 5:20 PM

everitime i write the cursor dissapears and i have to click it back to start typing again. How can i fix it???

yo
February 2, 2006 3:33 PM

go to control pannel then printers and other hardware then mouse then it will open up a window on
mouse properties then click on the pointer options tab and the seecond line from the bottom will be hide pointer while typing and check it

cube
February 20, 2006 7:45 PM

i want to no how to sent an email to some one and once they read it it disapears

Leo
February 20, 2006 9:06 PM

No way that I know of. Once you send it, it's out of your control. http://ask-leo.com/can_i_prevent_my_mail_from_being_forwarded_by_others.html

mia
October 10, 2006 12:42 AM

hi, i was looking at this persons myspace pics, and whenever i rolled the mouse over them, the pics turned into the mirrored version of that pic. it just turns from right to left, and i wanted to know how i can do that with my pics?

thanks for anything. :)

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