Weekly Computer Tip # 408
27 October 2013

Turn your mouse into a laser pointer (PowerPoint 2010-2013)

If you are using PowerPoint 2010 or beyond you can turn your mouse into a laser pointer to draw attention to something on a slide. OK, you might be using one of those slick wireless presenters, but if - like me - you often forget to bring it along, this new feature is a godsend.

Here's how:

  1. Start the Slide Show as normal. (F5, anyone?)
  2. Press and hold the CTRL key, click the left mouse button and move your mouse.

If you don't like the red pointer, you can make it green or blue:

  1. On the Slide Show tab, in the Set Up group, click Set Up Slide Show.
  2. Select your preferred colour from the Laser pointer color list.
  3. Click OK.