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Remove the mouse cursor

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Feb 14, 2013 1:22 AM

Hi to all,


I have to make a brief presentation of the show with a medley of the songs.

Since it is not possible the coexistence of a number of slides with a single song and other slides with other songs I had to create two projects, the first with credits and in the last slide a giant rectangle with the hyperlink for the second with the medley.


It all works fine (just remember to load the second project in Keynote before to click the hyperlink ), and in my old MB works very fast, but when I click on the rectangle it appears the mouse cursor and it is not very professional.


Is there a way to remove the display of the cursor? I can accept also a tiny dot or similar, the main thing is that at the moment of blank the audience don't see this "thing" shaped like a small hand moving in the background scene searching for the "nothing" to click.


The config is: Macbook mid/late 2009, 13", 4 Gb RAM, Mountain Lion 1.8.2 / Keynote 5.2.


Thanks and sorry for my bad english.

OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Gary Scotland Level 5 Level 5 (7,555 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 8:12 AM (in response to Flatinus)

    The cursor in Keynote can not be switched off, other applications have this function, but not in Keynote.

    The cursor can be hidden using the c key, but as soon as the mouse is moved the cursor appears.


    A workaround I use is to place an invisible button at the bottom right corner on slides that required a hyperlink.

    In Keynote preferences slideshow > show pointer when mouse moves.

    I use a trackball instead of a mouse so there is no mouse movement and the cursor will always be situated bottom right.


    When I press the left button on the track ball, it activates the hyperlink without the cursor being visible.


    A hidden button is created by drawing a shape with stroke and fill set to none.

  • Gary Scotland Level 5 Level 5 (7,555 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 3:50 PM (in response to Flatinus)

    if I create a small shape on one corner I have to do a treasure hunt to find it!

    you must not create a small button, you need a large button, no need to move the mouse at all as the button is always in the same place.





    The trackball is expensive, but sooner or later I'll have to deal with this purchase,

    buy a two button remote, same price as a cheap mouse



    Prefer not to select "show pointer when mouse moves" because in this case the mouse, if misplaced, it could be visible at all times,

    which ever show pointer preference you select the cursor is going to be visable because you are using hyperlinks.   However, if you use the static cursor position extreme bottom right, the cursor wont be seen as it is so small and partially of screen - also use    command c  to hide it.

  • Gary Scotland Level 5 Level 5 (7,555 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 5:44 AM (in response to Flatinus)
    I can't click perfectly into the corner, there's too much scope.

    there is no need for an exact cursor placement - creating a large box in the corner with the cursor can sit there all day without moving, again as I suggested at the start; use the c keyboard key to hide the cursor.



    Wow! € 32.00! I know mouses that cost even € 9.00

    No they are £17.00 for the 2 button WiFi version,  its the 8 button Blutooth version thats expensive.



    why should I risk to let see the mouse cursor at the slightest movement, error, earthquake ... and everything that could happen in a location of a theater director?

    There will be no movement if you use a two button presenter, trackball or a heavy weight mouse. If theres an earthquake no one will be looking at the screen.



    Flatinus wrote:


    Or alternatively: is there a way to give a time delay?
    For example when it comes to the last slide, after "N" seconds loads the other project without the need to click anything ...

    This is called auto-action and its not possible to do that in Keynote.


    Keynote is a fairly simple presentation display application,  advanced features are built into interactive authoring applications like Flash and Director but are used by professional designers.

  • Gary Scotland Level 5 Level 5 (7,555 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 9:54 AM (in response to Flatinus)

    Adobe Director is now at version 12, if you have usedboth that and flash your problem is solved?


    You shouldnt need a projector to perform tests in Keynote, a Macbook is more than adequate for Keynote design.


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