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The Polite Pointer

By The Noteable Software Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

A simple tool aimed at hiding the mouse pointer while typing, this software in truth offers little more than what Windows contains as standard features. Its main task is a simple one, making the mouse pointer invisible in any application, so that it won't be a distraction. It also can be set to move the pointer with every keystroke, to remove it from a form you're typing in, for example. However, the hidden-pointer function can be set in Windows, and the second function can actually slow your work down as the pointer reaches the side of the screen.

The software also has the ability to hide the taskbar and launch a screensaver, again standard features in Windows. Its main novelty is the ability to hide all desktop icons, a potentially interesting privacy feature, retrieving them by pressing the ESC key.

On the whole, we don't see this program as improving much on Windows' own options, though it uses a considerable chunk of system memory. However, if these precise features are attractive, this bundle may be worth a try.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.01


Release November 8, 2008
Date Added November 15, 2004
Version 2.01

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP


Total Downloads 13,774
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

The Polite Pointer makes sure that your mouse pointer is never in the way by hiding it when typing occurs, and then showing it again when the mouse moves. Also, The Polite Pointer can instantly hide the desktop icons and the Windows taskbar, beautifying your desktop while providing privacy while you are away from your computer. Great for business professionals and casual users alike, The Polite Pointer hides all 16 system pointers. It effectively hides the current pointer in almost all applications. Improve your productivity and reduce frustration while working in Internet Explorer, Excel, PowerPoint, Instant Messengers, Media Players, and other applications.

Verion 2.01 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.