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I have a three monitor set up on Windows 7 and I sometimes lose track of where my cursor is. Is there any Windows shortcut to reset the mouse position? I'm guessing there is not, but might there be a way to set up a simple macro I could bind to a key combination to set my cursor to a default location, such as the center of the primary display?

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I could write you a program that does this when you click - but you would have to find the mouse cursor and move it to the program icon to click. :-( –  Dave Becker Jan 30 '12 at 21:53
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@DaveBecker, how about a program that does it on execute? Then you can launch it with a shortcut-key. –  Hand-E-Food Jan 30 '12 at 22:05
    
I personally think everyone should turn on the position cursor to the default button. Everyone always looks for the program window first, then thinks about moving the cursor to such. Also I believe everyone should change their cursor scheme to the Extra Large Black cursor, since there is a plague of white/light colored backgrounds. –  surfasb Jan 31 '12 at 6:00

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Combining a few of the above ideas, I came up with this script. It's tested and working.

CenterCursor.ps1

[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("System.Drawing") | out-null
[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("System.Windows.Forms") | out-null
$bounds = [System.Windows.Forms.Screen]::PrimaryScreen.Bounds
$center = $bounds.Location
$center.X += $bounds.Width / 2
$center.Y += $bounds.Height / 2
[System.Windows.Forms.Cursor]::Position = $center

Save this script in a convenient folder, and create a shortcut in your All Programs menu:

Target: %systemroot%\system32\windowspowershell\v1.0\powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned "C:\PathToScript\CentreCursor.ps1"

Shortcut key: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+C

Run: Minimized

Now whenever you press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+C, your cursor will return home.

Edit: While it doesn't seem to be a requirement on my computer, I've added Patrick's suggestion to the shortcut.

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PowerShell scripts require the execution policy to be changed, if you haven't done so already. You would need to change it permanently or run PowerShell.exe with the "-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned" argument. –  Patrick S. Jan 31 '12 at 0:28
    
@Hand-E-Food You must have changed the execution policy on your machine or something because I was unable to get your answer to work as written. I had to change the target to %systemroot%\system32\windowspowershell\v1.0\powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned "C:\PathToScript\CentreCursor.ps1" to get it to work. I re-ordered the arguments, Patrick's command had to come before the file. I've updated your answer to reflect this. –  tehDorf Feb 10 '12 at 22:51
    
Oh, yeah. Thank you @Hand-E-Food and everyone else who's answer was combined into this one! –  tehDorf Feb 10 '12 at 23:14
    
Glad to help! It taught me something new. (And "centre" is perfectly acceptable spelling outside of the US.) ;-) –  Hand-E-Food Feb 11 '12 at 11:03

Another AutoIt3 program:

<!--  --!>
;;; Define variables according to you
$speed  = 1        ; 0=instantly, 1=fastest, 100=slowest
$delay  = 100      ; milliseconds
$hotkey = "^+!c"   ; ^=Ctrl, +=Shift, !=Alt

;;; Hotkey function
Func GetMyMouse()
    MouseMove(@DesktopWidth / 2, @DesktopHeight / 2, $speed)
EndFunc

;;; Register hotkey
HotKeySet($hotkey, "GetMyMouse")

;;; Program body (busy wait)
While True
    Sleep($delay)
WEnd
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The following AutoHotkey command sequence will instantly move the mouse to the center of the primary display:

CoordMode, Mouse, Screen
MouseMove, A_ScreenWidth/2, A_ScreenHeight/2, 0

For example, compile the following script:

CoordMode, Mouse, Screen
MouseMove, A_ScreenWidth/2, A_ScreenHeight/2, 0
ExitApp

You can then create a shortcut (.lnk) to it with a shortcut key of your choice. :)


Download: CenterMouse.exe, 784KB, ahk.igalvez.net

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Turning on "Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key" is one option. This is especially useful if it is currently changed to some custom mouse pointer by an application, like a paint brush, that is harder to see.

enter image description here

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Pointer Trails is also very helpful, makes a much bigger target to see when you wiggle the mouse around. –  Scott Chamberlain Jan 31 '12 at 14:40

Here's an AutoIt script to do it. AutoIt can compile its scripts to .exe, which you could then assign a hotkey.

Dim Const $SPI_GETWORKAREA = 0x0030

$rect = DllStructCreate("long left;long top;long right;long bottom")

DllCall("user32.dll", "BOOL", "SystemParametersInfo", "UINT", $SPI_GETWORKAREA, "UINT", 0, "ptr", DllStructGetPtr($rect), "UINT", 0)

Dim $left = DllStructGetData($rect, 1)
Dim $top = DllStructGetData($rect, 2)
Dim $right = DllStructGetData($rect, 3)
Dim $bottom = DllStructGetData($rect, 4)

MouseMove($left + (($right - $left) / 2), $top + (($bottom - $top) / 2))
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Using WMIC and Powershell (both of which should already be installed under Windows 7) this should be doable.

Using WMIC, you can get the screen width and height:

C:\>wmic desktopmonitor get screenheight, screenwidth
ScreenHeight  ScreenWidth
900           1440

and Powershell can set the mouse position (replacing <X> and <Y> with the actual coordinates):

PS C:\>[system.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("System.Windows.Forms") | out-null
PS C:\>[System.Windows.Forms.Cursor]::Position = New-Object System.Drawing.Point(<X>,<Y>)

So, a little trial and error (and basic math) ought to give you a script which, when run, centers the mouse pointer.

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PowerShell scripts require the execution policy to be changed, if you haven't done so already. You would need to change it permanently or run PowerShell.exe with the "-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned" argument. –  Patrick S. Jan 31 '12 at 0:28

You can do this fairly easily with a software program called UltraMon.

In the options section there is a place to specify HotKeys. You can see screenshot where I've setup a hot key for Crtl + Shift + C

enter image description here

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Looks good but $40US is a bit much if this is all a user wants to do. –  Brian Jan 31 '12 at 1:22

uhh...I dont think so

but on the issue of finding your mouse you CAN turn on "pointer sonar" so your pointer will be honed into when you press the control key. (currently on a mac but I will try and get screen shots in a moment and edit it in)

regarding macro idea. I guess its plausible...but I dont know of any app that has this already programed, or how to program this myself

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