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Mouse Pointer Disappears During PowerPoint Presentation

During a PowerPoint presentation, the mouse pointer sometimes vanishes making it difficult to control the application.  Here’s how to adjust.

According to Microsoft this is a feature and not a bug…  The pointer vanishes so users are not distracted by it during the presentation.  You can set the behavior of the pointer to always hide, always be visible, or have PowerPoint automatically handle it.  Here’s how:

  1. Open your PowerPoint document and start presenting the slide show.
  2. Right click any part of a presented slide and chose Pointer Options from the menu.  Next, click Arrow Options, then choose the desired action of the pointer.  In this case we never want the pointer to disappear, so let’s pick Visible.
  3. The mouse pointer will not vanish during this presentation.  However, this feature will reset the next time you present this slide show.  There is no way to set this feature permanently.  For more information, please see this MS article:
  4. If the cursor disappears on you, click the right mouse (or trackpad) button to access the above menu.  Remember, ESC will always stop a presentation too.