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.
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:
And here is what they look like after:
How do I do it? ..you may ask
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 Show More Tiles
Note: This only applies if you select ‘settings’ whilst in ‘Tiles View’ (i.e. not in desktop mode)