Window 8: Enable Mouse Pointer Shadow

   Posted January 19, 2013 by Alex Bahdanovich in Windows 8

Previous versions of Windows had the mouse pointer shadow option enabled by default. For some reason, Microsoft decided to get rid of it on the newest version of Windows. By following these steps, you can easily enable it.

If you are upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8, you should notice that many of the visual aspects that previously had a drop shadow now do not. Many of us have grown quite fond of the mouse pointer shadow. This tech-recipes tutorial will cover an easy way to enable it again.

1.First, navigate to Computer. Right-click on it, and select Properties. 

2.Now, from the options on the left-hand side, choose Advanced system settings. This will be under the Control Panel Home link on the left.

3.From the System Properties window, make sure that the Advanced tab is selected. Then choose the Settings… option under Performance.

4.A Performance Options window will appear. Make sure the Visual Effects tab is selected. Then check the box next to Show shadows under mouse pointer. Now, you can click OK to save these settings.

You should now dismiss the System Properties window by clicking OK. You should now see that your pointer has a drop shadow.


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  • Jesse

    Hi, Thanks for the info. Could you add a picture showing a comparison of the mouse icon with and without a shadow? Even as a longtime windows user it’s hard to imagine what the difference is. Keep up the great work!

    • David Kirk

      > @Jesse – All of my screenshot methods remove the pointer. I suggest following the article, selecting the shadow option, and then clicking the Apply button. You will immediately see the subtle shadow. If you dislike the effect, just uncheck it and hit Apply again. Thanks for the encouragement.