I/CAD Tips and Tricks: Adjusting Windows, Cursor Size and Mouse Functionality

All dispatchers and I/CAD users have their own personal preferences when it comes to their computer monitors and screen settings. With the help from the Control Panel in Windows 7 and 8, there are a number of settings that users can adjust to make an I/CAD experience more visually pleasing to them.

In my last post, I looked at adjusting text size and screen resolution. In the post, I will show you how to set up more personal preferences, including: managing windows, increasing cursor size, and making the mouse pointer easier to use. Let's get started.

Personal Preferences

Right click on the desktop home screen, choose the Personalize option, and then click on Ease of Access Center in the bottom left corner. The computer may talk to you if your sound is on; it’s okay.

There are many options here that can be tested but here are the items I recommend adjusting.

Managing Windows

When I drag a form to the other screen or just temporarily out of the way, the form automatically expands. This feature has its advantages. But while using I/CAD, it's sometimes more annoying than anything. This feature can actually be turned off.

In the Ease of Access Center choose the option “Make the keyboard easier to use”.

Scroll down and check the box “Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen”.



Could they have made the cursor any smaller? Let’s now increase the size of it. In the Ease of Access Center choose the option “Make the computer easier to see”. Modify the thickness of the cursor. I personally like a setting of 3.


Mouse Pointer

Where is my mouse? In the Ease of Access Center choose the option “Make the mouse easier to use”. Try different cursor sizes and colors. I use the “Large Black” option because that option makes it so much easier to find right away!


Want more tips and tricks? Learn how to Leverage CAD Parameters and how to Delete the Location of Interest.

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