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How to customize visual feedback for touch points in Windows 10?

By Eunice Samson | January 4, 2020 |

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One of the great things about Windows 10 is it offers various accessibility options that make the user’s life a bit easier. Among those ease-of-access features is Visual Feedback. It shows you that your touch has been recognized whenever you tap the touchscreen of your device. This feature is beneficial for those who deliver presentations on larger monitors or screens. Visual Feedback allows the audience to follow the presenter in a better way.

If you want to learn how to use the feature, you’d be glad you found this article. In this post, we are going to teach you how to turn on Touch Visual Feedback on Windows 10. We will also share some tips on how you can customize it and make it look more visible.

How to Show Visual Feedback Around the Touch Points in Windows 10

There are three ways you can turn on the visual feedback feature on your device. We will present the methods from the easiest to the most complex.

Method 1: Using the Settings App

  1. Launch the Settings app by pressing Windows Key+I on your keyboard.
  2. Once the Settings window is open, select Ease of Access.
  3. On the left-pane menu, click Cursor & Pointer.
  4. Move to the right pane, then go to the Change Touch Feedback section.
  5. Under the option that says, “Show visual feedback around the touch points when I touch the screen,” you will see a switch. Toggle it to the On position.

Once you’re done, close the Settings app, then restart your PC. Check if you can now see the visual feedback for touch points.

Method 2: Via Control Panel

  1. Go to your taskbar, then click the Search icon.
  2. Type “Control Panel” (no quotes), then select Control Panel from the results.
  3. Click the drop-down list beside View By, then select Small Icons.
  4. Select Pen and Touch.
  5. Make sure you are on the Touch tab, then select the ‘Show visual feedback when touching the screen’ option.

After following these steps, close Control Panel and reboot your computer to see if the visual feedback for touch points is present.

Method 3: Using the Registry Editor

Before you proceed, you must know that you are about to handle a sensitive database. If you make any mistakes while tweaking the registry, you may inflict serious damage on your system. As such, we only recommend this method for advanced PC users. On the other hand, if you are not confident with your tech skills, it is best that you stick with Methods 1 and 2.

  1. Press Windows Key+R on your keyboard to launch the Run dialog box.
  2. Inside the Run dialog box, type “regedit” (no quotes), then click OK.
  3. Click Yes on the User Account Control window.
  4. Once the Registry Editor is up, navigate to this path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Cursors

  1. Go to the right pane, then look for the ContactVisualization DWORD.
  2. Right-click the entry, then select Modify from the context menu.
  3. Click the Value Data box, then change it to 1.
  4. Save the change you’ve made by clicking OK.
  5. Now, look for the GestureVisualization DWORD, then right-click it.
  6. Select Modify and change the Value Data to 31.
  7. Click OK to proceed.
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How to Make Visual Feedback for Touch Points Darker and Larger

If you think that the touch feedback is not visible enough, you have the option to make it darker and larger on Windows 10. To do that, you need to follow the steps below:

  1. Go to your taskbar, then right-click the Windows icon.
  2. Select Settings from the menu.
  3. Once the Settings window is up, select Ease of Access.
  4. On the left-pane menu, click Cursor & Pointer.
  5. Move to the right pane and go to the Change Touch Feedback section.
  6. Make sure that the ‘Make visual feedback for touch points darker and larger’ option is selected.

After following these steps, restart your PC and check if the feature is working. It is also worth noting that you can customize the touch feedback using the Registry Editor. Here are the steps:

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key+S to open the Search box.
  2. Inside the Search box, type “Registry Editor” (no quotes), then select Registry Editor from the results.
  3. If prompted to give permission to the app, click Yes.
  4. On the Registry Editor, navigate to this path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Cursors

  1. Go to the right pane, then look for the ContactVisualization DWORD.
  2. Set the value data of the entry to 2.
  3. Click OK to save the changes you’ve made, then close the Registry Editor.

Restart your computer to see if the customized feature is working.


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