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When the pen tool is selected, it happens very often that an interval after doing some inking, I cannot see where the cursor was/is, since it's just so tiny. This is difficult even if I shake the tablet pen. Is there a way to make the cursor more apparent?

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One partial solution is an accessibility setting which comes with Windows. If you enable it in Control Panel -> Mouse Properties -> Pointer Options -> Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key. Pressing CTRL will animate a shrinking circle (an inverse of the ripple when you drop a rock in water) at the location of the cursor.

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Ran across PenAttention by Kenrick Mock in the same search results as this question:

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Please do not simply post a link. Post your answer here. If that URL ever changes your answer will become useless. – Mxx Jul 10 '13 at 16:12
@Mxx: Revised, thanks. – steamer25 Jul 10 '13 at 18:38
This is the best answer, though some might pass it up. PenAttention is a VERY useful software for this. – Klik Jan 6 at 10:29

When using a tablet pen, the idea is that it would mimic the utility of a paper and pencil. The small dot that indicates the location of the pen cursor is there for the purpose of fine-tuning your accuracy. Because tablets can be recalibrated (or calibrated poorly) such that the location of the pen cursor doesn't correspond to the exact location of the pen tip, it can make writing difficult. This allows you to see where exactly you will be writing once you apply pressure.

However, the cursor will disappear when you lift the pen. This is on purpose, because if you are holding the stylus away from the tablet, you aren't writing, and so knowing where the cursor was last serves no purpose. Readability is important, and having an obstructive cursor can make reading the text you just read obnoxious.

Once you move the mouse, you can easily see the location of the pen cursor. Even if you draw with the pen, using the mouse you will (by default) be using the "select and type" tool, which appears as a form of the "I-beam" cursor. You can use the inking tool with the mouse by selecting it in the toolbar, which will cause you to retain the dot cursor when moving the mouse, but this is not necessary when using a digitizer pen/tablet.

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But I don't use a mouse at all! I navigate even with the tablet. The cursor is there all right, where I hover my pen over the tablet. It's just that with OneNote, it is so tiny that even if it actually displays on the screen it is still hard to see! – GuoLiang Oon Dec 17 '12 at 0:02
Yes, though I still wonder why you would desire to see the cursor when you're using a digitizer pen? Just point and tap where you want to tap. When I lift the pen off, the cursor is as good as disappeared, to me. (I've used a pen with OneNote quite often). – Ben Richards Dec 17 '12 at 5:29
That's coz I'm not using my pen on a tablet pc. But on a desktop. Of course, once I start writing then ink appears and it's obvious where the cursor is. But then it's too late! I will then press ctrl-z and only then can I start writing in earnest :P – GuoLiang Oon Dec 17 '12 at 15:45
Aha! Well, then, that makes a lot more sense! – Ben Richards Dec 17 '12 at 19:09

I find it helpful to switch on the pointer trails in controlpanel/mouse/options. this shows as a trail of dots when using a Wacom tablet in onenote. It makes it easier to see the cursor when using a pen.

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