Hide your mouse cursor in Windows for ALL applications (even Visual Studio)


Although Windows already has an option to hide the mouse cursor whilst typing, which can be found under Control Panel/Mouse, this is respected on a ‘per application’ basis.

Unfortunately, many applications, such as Visual Studio, do not respect this setting, and leave the mouse cursor visible whilst typing.

This can be quite annoying, as one tends to type exactly where one clicked, i.e., where the mouse cursor currently is, and especially in the case of developers, the IDE is particularly rich, meaning that the mouse cursor will normally also activate tooltips related to the item they are hovering over.

This is a small script I have written and compiled using AutoHotKey that hides the windows cursor when a user starts typing any alphanumeric (and certain coding-related) characters, and shows it again as soon as a mouse movement is detected.

You can either get the latest executable from here, or you can run it as an AutoHotKey script by downloading the AutoHotKey utility from here

You can find the project landing page here, and my github repository here.

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Show more tiles on your Windows 8 and 8.1 start screen


Ok, so I’m slowly getting used to the Windows 8+ tiles mode for the start screen, and I’m admittedly preferring it to the old start menu, or the full blow ‘all apps’ view that’s available as of Windows 8.1.

But wouldn’t it be nice if we could make the tiles smaller?

This is actually an option, but quite a hidden option.

This is my tiles view before:

Windows tiles default view
Windows tiles default view

And here is what they look like after:

Smaller windows tiles
Smaller windows tiles

How do I do it? ..you may ask

Simple, just:

  • Open your charms (put your mouse in one of the left corners, or slide your finger from the right edge of the screen, inward).
  • Select Settings
  • Select Tiles
  • Select Show More Tiles
Show more tiles
Show more tiles

Note: This only applies if you select ‘settings’ whilst in ‘Tiles View’ (i.e. not in desktop mode)

I hope this helps someone :)

Windows 8 thoughts after a day at BUILD 2011


In this post, my fellow friend, colleague, C# Disciple and MVP Marlon Grech gives a good overview of his impressions of Windows 8 and how it will affect the future of computing.

Hop over to the link to see what he thinks -> ‘the link :)

windows 8 hyper-v


So I tried installing Hyper-V on my Intel Xeon Quad-Core laptop… one would think that this would be possible.

Turns out that Microsoft’s promise of Windows 8 running fully on hardware that can run Windows 7 does have its limitations.

I headed to the familiar ‘Turn Windows Features on or off’ dialog, and tried installing Hyper-V Core, but this was disabled… further digging around unearthed some unpleasant details.

Hyper-V Core, the integral part of Hyper-V, requires a new virtualisation processor feature known as SLAT.  Microsoft has documented a list of SLAT-Capable cpus here -> http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/1401.aspx

Unfortunately mine is not listed there.

So if anyone was planning (as was I) to install the Dev Preview and have a VM of Windows 7 running on it, think again, and try an alternative solution, such as Oracle’s VirtualBox.