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Disable the Mouse Pointer.

By Earthworm ·
I am setting up 2 systems strictly for Data entry, and I am limited on space, so I have opted to not install mice on the computers. The problem is Windows 98se thinks there should be one, and leaves a pointer on the screen.

There is no mouse installed in Device Manager, and I have told startup not to inform me of the no mouse error.

Under Win31, windows would only bring up the hourglass and then hide the pointer if no mouse was installed. How do I force 98 to do the same thing.

The pointer just hangs out in the middle of the screen, and gets in the way. Thanks for any help.

Earthworm

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by Albert Franco II In reply to Disable the Mouse Pointer ...

Use the mouse configuration utilityin the control panel and load a blank icon. You can make it by opening an existing pointer in Paint and coloring all the points with the transparent (background) color.

With this solution Window will load the mouse but you won't be able to see it.

Al Franco, II

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by Lo In reply to Disable the Mouse Pointer ...

Hi - In lieu of a mouse you might consider a trackball. Does the same function as a mouse but the footprint is much smaller. I prefer trackballs to mice as a matter of choice (seems no matter what/where, I have to lift the mouse 2-3 times to get it to scroll to desired point).

Using a mouse, it's just roll the ball untill you get to where you want. A Kensington Expert Mouse is abot $100. I think it is top of the line (or close). It is about 4.25 x 5.5 inches + the cable. There are others with lesser price tags and most likely footprints.

With a mouse you get about 9 x 10 minimum for the pad (trackballs don't need pads).

May be preferable and more efficient to allow your operators access to a pointing device but depends on the application.

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by helen.james In reply to Disable the Mouse Pointer ...

The only way to get round the mouse pointer in the centre of the screen is to select a blank pointer from the control panel mouse options. This tells windows that a pointer has been loaded but doesn't show up the pointer on the desktop
Hope this helps

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