MouseTrap Locks the Mouse Cursor in a Multi Monitor Setup
By on May 5th, 2010

[Windows only]: If you use multiple computer monitors at your workplace, then you know how frustrating it is to keep the mouse cursor in control. Sometimes, it occurs that the cursor swaps in the external monitor. You can’t operate program windows or applications in the main monitor, have to move the cursor back to the main monitor and so on.

MouseTrap is a free utility for Windows which can lock the cursor in a specified monitor. Once the program is running and the host monitor is specified, you can’t really move the cursor out.

To use the utility, simply unzip the files and run the executable. When you want to lock the cursor, hit ALT + Z and the cursor is locked. To release the cursor, hit Alt + X. This is quite useful when you are viewing a movie or presenting something in a big screen and want the cursor to be confined in the external monitor only.

The program has no interface, not even a system tray icon so if you want to get rid of the cursor locks, use ALT + X. The program works in Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Techi Buzz Verdict

Mousetrap solves the purpose well, but unfortunately there are no settings which you can tweak. If you forget the keyboard shortcuts, you have to use Windows task manager to quit the application. I would like to see at least a system tray icon being included in the later releases.

Techi Buzz rating: 3/5 (Average).

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  • http://www.fxc.btinternet.co.uk Chris Stringfellow

    If you had a system tray icon but were then locked onto one of the other screens, you would still need to use the hotkey to exit the application. This was the thinking behind using hotkeys as opposed to another option.

 
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