Mouse Cursor Grow Feature Does Not Work in Microsoft Excel (84801)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft Mouse driver for MS-DOS

This article was previously published under Q84801


The cursor grow feature included with Microsoft Mouse driver versions 8.1 and 8.2 does not affect the cursor within the body of a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. There is no known workaround.


Beginning with Microsoft Mouse driver version 8.1, a grow feature was added to the Microsoft Mouse driver to enlarge the cursor size during movement of the Microsoft Mouse. This feature is to make the pointer more visible on laptop machines. When the mouse pointer is no longer moving, the pointer reverts to its previous size after a specified time. To enable this feature, use the Mouse Control Panel supplied with the driver and set the pointer to either medium or large.

However, when using Microsoft Excel version 3.0 or 4.0, the cursor within the body of a spreadsheet is a large plus sign (+). This cursor is not affected by the grow feature (that is, it remains a constant size). When the Microsoft Mouse is moved outside of the spreadsheet body, the grow feature works as it should when active.

Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 12/2/2002
Keywords: KB84801