How to Block Access to Mouse Pointer Settings in Windows

Windows lets you easily customize mouse pointers to your liking. For example, you can change the size and color of the mouse pointer if you don’t like the default ones. But what if you don’t want others to change your mouse pointers? How do I restrict access to mouse pointer settings?

We’ll show you the two different ways to block access to these settings. But first, let’s see how you can easily open the mouse pointer settings.

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How do you open the mouse pointer settings?

There are several methods you can use to access mouse pointer settings. Some of them include the use of device settings and the Control Panel:

Use device settings

Here’s how to open mouse pointer settings using device settings:

  1. Hurry Win + I to open system settings.
  2. Select Devices among the options.
  3. Select Mouse in the left pane, then click Additional mouse options on the right.
  4. In the next window, navigate to Pointers to access mouse pointer settings.

Use the control panel

Here’s how to open Mouse Pointer Settings using the Control Panel:

  1. Type Control Panel in the Start menu search bar and select the Best match.
  2. Click it Seen by drop-down menu and select Small icons.
  3. Select Ease of Access Center from menu items.
  4. Click it Make the mouse easier to use option. From there, you should see Mouse Pointer Settings on the next screen.

Now, how do you prevent other users from accessing these settings? Let’s find out.

1. Use Local Group Policy Editor to Disable Mouse Pointer Settings

You can configure tons of system settings using the Local Group Policy Editor (LGPE). However, the tool is only accessible on Windows Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

Luckily, you can apply some tricks to enable LGPE on Windows Home. So, if you are using Windows Home, you must first ensure that you can access LGPE before proceeding. Alternatively, you can proceed to the next method.

If not, here’s how to disable mouse pointer settings using LGPE:

  1. Hurry Win + R to open the Run Command dialog box.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and press OKAY to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  3. Move towards User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization.
  4. Double click on the Prevent changing mouse pointers option.

In the next window, select the Enabled option. From there, press Apply then press OKAY. Restart your computer when you have completed these steps.

If you want to re-enable mouse pointer settings, here’s what you can do:

  1. Apply the previous steps and double-click the Prevent changing mouse pointers option.
  2. Select either the Disabled or the Not configured option.
  3. Hurry Applyhurry OKAYthen restart your device.

2. Use Registry Editor to Disable Mouse Pointer Settings

Registry Editor is another brilliant tool that helps you configure various system settings. However, you need to be careful while using this tool as it has sensitive keys. For added security, back up the registry first before you begin.

Now, here is how you can disable mouse pointer settings using Registry Editor:

  1. Hurry Win + R to open the Run Command dialog box.
  2. Type Regedit and press OKAY to open Registry Editor.
  3. Move towards HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Policies > Microsoft > Windows > Personalization.
  4. Right click on a empty space on the right side and select New > DWORD (32-bit) value.
  5. Name the value as NoChangingMousePointers then press Walk in.

Double click on the NoChangingMousePointers value and set its Value data at 1. Click on OKAY then close Registry Editor. Finally, restart your PC to save these changes.

If you want to re-enable mouse pointer settings, follow these steps:

  1. Apply the previous steps and double-click the NoChangingMousePointers assess.
  2. Put it on Value data at 0 then click OKAY.
  3. Close the Registry Editor then restart your device to save these changes.

No one will change your mouse pointer settings again

Tired of people constantly changing the mouse pointer settings on your device? Just apply one of the methods we have covered! From there, you can start exploring tips for downloading custom mouse pointers for your device.