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How could I use MS PowerPoints's virtual laser pointer without having to hold the CTRL key? When I'm doing a presentation I'm not near my keyboard, it would be great if I could show the virtual pointer.

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The below only applies to PowerPoint 2013:

It's not very slick, but you can right-click your presentation while prsenting, and from the pop-up menu choose Pointer Options > Laser Pointer. Press ESC to go back to normal pointer.

If you haven't already set it up to use CTRL, another keyboard alternative is to press CTRL L during the presentation, though I know you were after a non-keyboard solution.

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Hm... I can't seem to find it. This is the stuff I see screencast.com/t/Wm52YZeSt. I'm using PowerPoint 2010. –  Kees C. Bakker Nov 22 '12 at 15:05
    
Apologies - I had 2013 open where this has now been promoted to this menu. I'll amend my answer to show. Can't see any better options for 2010. –  Gary Nov 22 '12 at 15:12
    
no problem. I'm happy they have fixed this feature in PowerPoint 2013. Looking at some reviews it looks like the new version is a beautiful product! –  Kees C. Bakker Nov 23 '12 at 8:52
    
Would be a great 3rd party tool :) –  Kees C. Bakker Dec 20 '12 at 14:15
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