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Tap CTRL to Locate your Mouse Pointer

Have you ever been in the situation where someone is showing you something on their computer, clicking menus and settings, but you can’t see where their mouse is? This is the solution, so you don’t cause other people the same problem!

Tapping the Ctrl key (on your keyboard) will show the location of your mouse pointer.

(But if it’s not working for you, I explain below what to do.)

This is useful any time you are demonstrating something on a computer – you could be sharing your screen on a Zoom call and pointing out parts of a picture or diagram…. or explaining which menus or buttons to click… or you could be running a training session or demonstration – or you could simply be having trouble locating your mouse pointer when you move it from one monitor screen to another.

Try it now. Tap your Ctrl/Control key while watching your mouse pointer: a series of circles should appear briefly around your mouse pointer each time you tap the Ctrl key.

If it is not working, there is a setting for it that you need to switch on: (there is a picture below if you don’t like reading instructions; if you can’t read it properly use Ctrl+scroll to zoom)

  1. Click the Search magnifying glass at the bottom left corner of your monitor screen (next to the Windows/Start button).  If you don’t have the Search magnifying glass, click the Windows/Start button and scroll down to Search (and while you’re there right-click the word “Search” and select More and then Pin to Taskbar – so that it is always on your Taskbar).
  2. In the Search box type Mouse pointer
  3. Click Change how the mouse pointer looks when it’s moving
    – the Mouse Properties dialogue box displays
  4. Click the Pointer Options tab
  5. At the bottom of the dialogue box, ensure there is a tick in the checkbox Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key
  6. Click the OK button

Dialogue boxes showing the Windows Search box and Mouse Pointer options

COMING SOON: LinkedIn Learning access is on its way

For great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

Was this tip helpful to you? Anything else you want to know? Got some suggestions? Please leave a comment below or let me know.

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Upcoming Robotics Process Automation workshop

The UC Robotics Process Automation team are happy to announce that the first one-day RPA workshop will be held on Wednesday 8 July.

This one-day workshop is offered by Price Waterhouse Cooper to enhance Robotic Process Automation awareness and capability using UiPath. The course is delivered over one day, during which attendees will be given an introduction into RPA development and capabilities, Agile development methodology and an overview of how to identify processes that are good candidates for RPA.
This workshop is designed to equip attendees with the foundational skills and understanding of RPA that will enable them to understand where they are best placed to contribute to RPA adoption at UC and to identify future personal development areas that will enable that contribution. These roles can be:

  • RPA Enthusiast / Change leader within teams
  • RPA Developer
  • RPA Implementation Manager

The format of this bootcamp suits anyone who has logical workflow thinking and is interested in become a “RPA Enthusiast”.

If you are interested in attending, please discuss this with your manager and then notify us of your interest.

For more information, please see the link for the L&D page for the bootcamp below:


Association of Commonwealth Universities – series of free virtual events

Kia ora colleagues I have received the following through our membership with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). Please promote – the topics are wide, covering:

  • Teaching and learning
  • Research management
  • The Sustainable Development Goals
  • Library
  • HR, and more.

Given the time zone differences, these times are unlikely to suit you. I note from their website that the sessions will be recorded and I can get copies so let me know if you are interested in that. I hope everyone is staying well, Karen

“International collaboration remains at the heart of the ACU and its work.  We are committed to ensuring that our extensive global network continues to engage and collaborate during this challenging time and beyond.

COVID-19 continues to heavily impact higher education across the globe. To support member universities as they adapt to this changing world, we are offering a free series of virtual events to share best practice and guidance. Featuring webinars and Q&As, the events will touch on a variety of topics relating to HR, teaching and learning, research management, the SDGs, and more.

Stay connected with colleagues across the Commonwealth. Register online to attend one or more of the following webinars:

Moving assessments online – lessons learned | 12 May, 15:00 BST

Managing a research office in lockdown | 20 May, 14:00 BST 

HR in HE responding to the COVID-19 crisis | 27 May, 12:00 BST

University libraries beyond the campus walls | 3 June, 14:00 BST

Please feel free to share this email with colleagues who might be interested in these topics. You can keep informed of future events by checking our events page.   If you have any questions about our events, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at events@acu.ac.uk

We send our best wishes and support to all of you.  Kindest regards, The ACU.”

Professional Development opportunities in June

There no time like the present plan and book onto relevant Professional Development courses through Learning and Development.

We are currently taking registrations for the following face to face workshops in June:
We have some back up plans for any workshops that may not proceed due to restrictions. Don’t let this put you off enrolling.

3 June – Leading Change
4 June & 9 July – Rainbow (LGBTQI+) Awareness
10 June – Cross-Cultural Interactions
11 June – Delegating and Influencing
12 & 19 June – Te Reo Māori for the Workplace
17 June – Growing Personal Resilience
23 June – Presentation Skills
24 June – Mental Health & Wellbeing Awareness for Heads and Managers
25 June – Challenging Client Situations
29 June & 3 July – Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora

Check out what other opportunities are available on the Learning and Development site – including all health and safety courses.

We have put together a page about learning remotely, which contains some ideas for learning from home. Read more here.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi – a visual history

Ako Aotearoa are hosting a face to face workshop in Chrsitchurch titled “Te Tiriti o Waitangi – a visual history”.

Event Details
11 March, 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Avebury House, 9 Eveleyn Couzins Avenue, Richmond, Christchurch
Costs: $195 +GST (includes booking fee)

This professional development workshop offers a brief visual history of Te Tiriti o Waitangi for those who have not previously attended a Te Tiriti workshop. The workshop content covers several aspects of Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand: the historical context before Te Tiriti; the Articles and signing of Te Tiriti itself; events after Te Tiriti; Te Tiriti today; and what Te Tiriti means for tertiary practitioners and educators.

More information can be found on the Ako Aotearoa website