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A blinking cross-hair cursor for showing the location of the mouse pointer by using idle timer for mouse and keyboard events

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014836D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method of reducing the ratio of losing sight of the mouse pointer. By changing the shape/size/colors of the mouse pointer effectively, depending on the activities of the pointing devices and the keyboard, it can contribute to the good performance of users' tasks on PCs. A large mouse pointer makes it easy for the users to find the location of the mouse pointer. But sometimes it becomes a nuisance to some users' tasks, such as drawing a chart, browsing or editing documentations, because it covers large part of the displayed area. To the contrary, a small mouse pointer hardly disturb these tasks, but users easily lose sight of it and they need to wiggle the mouse pointer to find its location. By doing the followings, this problem can be resolved: When activities of pointing devices and keyboard don't occur for a certain period of time, the mouse pointer is changed to larger and louder one, such as a blinking cross-hair. The mouse pointer is changed back to the normal one upon the next activity of the pointing devices or the keyboard.