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Touchscreen mousepointer (enabled all the time)?


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Hey... would like to know when using a touchscreen (in Win10 or earlier versions) that the mouse pointer stays on all the time and visible. When I touch the screen with my finger/stylus, I would prefer the mouse pointer onscreen stays and shows right underneath my finger (no matter how fat your fingers are).  And when I drag my finger on the screen, the mouse pointer should move along with it.  The mousepointer is only visible when I move an attached mouse or when I use the touchpad.  

I looked in the Mouse/touchpad/touchscreen & Ease of access menus, but could not find anything about it. Am I looking in the wrong place or does it not exist?  There is a 3rd party program I found called Touchmousepointer & this seems to be in the right direction of what I am looking for but I have not tried it yet.  If any of you use those video rental kiosks, especially Redbox (in the USA), then you know what I am talking about when/where the mouse pointer on their touchscreen appears at the point where you touch the screen.  Thanks.

My specs:

Nextbook Flexx 11A hybrid tablet-laptop (Atom x64 cpu)

Windows 10  32-bit

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Well, at work I use three devices with Windows 10 (including Surface Laptop ^^) and on all of them work the way you want - mouse pointer stays on screen. And all are on pretty standard settings. I'll try to investigate that tomorrow.

 

EDIT - it turns out that I was dead wrong, and on all devices mouse cursor hides when I touch the screen. The sad part is that for month I haven't noticed that, and that I thought that it was the opposite...

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I had asked the same question at the Ars forum (practically copied & pasted my original post from here) and got a couple of responses:

https://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=1413465

So, it looks like there really is nothing that can be done until Microsoft perhaps changes some of the Windows code.

 

As I referenced in my first post above, the app TouchMousePointer is going to be the next closest thing, though I still haven't installed yet, because it's still not quite what I am looking for.  It might be worth checking out eventually, but again I just know it's not exactly as functionally elegant and simple as what I've described originally.

http://www.lovesummertrue.com/touchmousepointer/en-us/index.html

 

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31 minutes ago, technoid said:

As I referenced in my first post above, the app TouchMousePointer is going to be the next closest thing, though I still haven't installed yet, because it's still not quite what I am looking for.  It might be worth checking out eventually, but again I just know it's not exactly as functionally elegant and simple as what I've described originally.

http://www.lovesummertrue.com/touchmousepointer/en-us/index.html

 

Well, one of the extremely rare cases where one can say "Vista was better" :w00t: 

https://web.archive.org/web/20160420070054/http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Turn-the-touch-pointer-on-or-off

There was a specific driver that enabled what you described, but how it works, (if it works) is hard to say (a lot of people complained that it - or an update to it - ruined their touchscreen experience by turning the touchscreen into a mouse/trackpad, whcih more or less is what you actually want):

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-hardware/solved-windows-10-touch-screen-acts-as-mouse/f8dd869d-993b-4f0d-9a92-def0f0f9fc68?auth=1

 

It is risky :ph34r:, however the new version is here:

http://home.eeti.com.tw/drivers_Win.html

jaclaz

 

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Yeah, nah, that looks risky.

It's puzzling why people would not like this feature. It would be nice if Microsoft had left it in. If you don't like it, click on Disable. If it looks like it's useable, Enable it.  I'm sure it will work smoothly if you just keep getting the bugs out, just like the rest of the debugging with the rest of the operating system.

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