My mouse cursor disappears

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I recorded my screen no problem and am now editing in the timeline. The highlighted cursor is visible initially, but as soon as I load Powerpoint (via iSpring) the cursor dissappears. There is no highlight either so it is hard to know where the mouse will click next. I really don't want to have to record the video clip again if possible. Anyone had this issue before?
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Phil Walker

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Posted 8 years ago

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Brad, Camtasia Studio QA

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Hi Phil,

If you're using our main recorder (not the PowerPoint Add-In) and you don't need the ability to apply cursor effects later on during editing you could try disabling the "Make cursor effects editable in Camtasia Studio" option in Recorder under Effects > Options > Cursor Tab. This option will burn the cursor into the video, hence the reason you won't be able to edit it later in the resulting recording.

Which product are you using from iSpring specifically for your workflow (just to give me a little more insight into how you're reproducing this issue)?

Brad
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John Melville

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I have tried this using both the PowerPoint add-in and the main recorder following the steps outlined by Brad above. The result is the same for both methods. The mouse pointer disappears after 5 or 6 seconds.

Trial version 8
Windows 7
PPT 2010
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John Melville

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I believe I have found the answer to this problem. It is a Powerpoint default setting as explained below. I have tried it and it works.

Disappearing Mouse in PowerPoint
Many people note, with annoyance, that the mouse cursor disappears after a few seconds when showing a presentation – and complain that you have to “shake” the mouse to get it to reappear. There is a fix for this...

In PowerPoint Slide Show mode, the cursor shows briefly, for about 5 seconds or so, and then disappears. This is the native operation for PowerPoint. To make the cursor show continuously, in Slide Slow mode move your mouse to the bottom left of the screen to show the Pencil-like icon (you may have to hunt a bit to find it) and then click on it. It will bring up a small menu with “Arrow Options” at the bottom. Choose this (“Arrow Options”) and then “Visible”. This should keep your mouse visible as long as you stay in Slide Show mode...
Posted 11th January 2011 by Peter E. Cohan
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Brad, Camtasia Studio QA

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Thanks for testing this John! I'd be interested to hear if this solves the issue for Phil as well.

Brad

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