Here's a tip on switching your pointers

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September 19, 2002|By James Coates | James Coates,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Some time ago, I installed a screen saver that featured an underwater world. I wanted to get rid of it because instead of an arrow as a mouse pointer, it had a starfish, which makes it difficult to figure out exactly where the mouse should be. I uninstalled the screen saver, but I still have a little diver instead of a standard hourglass symbol, and I still have the starfish. Can you help me?

You can pull the plug on that diver and saw off that starfish by using the Control Panel for Mouse. Click on Start and then Settings and pick Control Panel (Windows XP users can click Start and then Control Panel). Click on the Mouse icon and you get a menu with a tab called Pointers.

There you will find a drop-down menu for Schemes. You can probably pick any one of these various ways of displaying the mouse cursor and fix the problem. You also can click on the icon you want to change, such as the hourglass, and then pick Browse. This calls up a menu of all possible icons for the same function as served by the hourglass for most of us and by that little diver for you.

James Coates writes for the Chicago Tribune, a Tribune Publishing newspaper. He can be reached via e-mail at jcoates@tribune.com.

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