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    Cross Hairs

    Google maps has made me want cross hairs floating on my monitor. The only lounge reference that comes close is <!post=Hardcopy,11370>Hardcopy<!/post> , but here I imagine the cross-hairs are limited in life to when the HardCopy program is running and is the active window.

    I'm looking for something which (may well be un reasonable) will float atop the display until I turn it off.

    Example: I'm going to use Google Maps. I place the cross-hairs at the centre of the screen, and drag "Toronto" to that position before zooming. It would be nice to have the cross-hairs in place whenever I alt-tab to the browser, until such time as I turn them off ("I'm finished with Google Maps, thank you!"). It wouldn't bother me if they stayed on for all applications. The convenience of being able to target my "drag" would be outweighed by a temporary cross-hair over my word-processing document or email program.

    I suspect that this would have to be something that overrides WinXP's screen-redrawing software, and as such may well be taboo.

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    Re: Cross Hairs

    If you don't find software to do this, you could set the default mouse pointer to a crosshair in the Pointers tab of the Mouse control panel: click Browse... and select one of the many cursors with CROSS in the name.

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    Re: Cross Hairs

    I don't know of any software to do this, but it would surprise me if nobody had thought of it. I could envisage a simple toggling via hotkey or system tray icon. It sounds handy being able to change mouse pointer shape on the fly. If you're really keen, you could knock something up yourself, using the API information on Cursors as a starting point.

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    Re: Cross Hairs

    > set the default mouse pointer to a crosshair


    Hmmm. I'm suffering from not-making-myself-clear-itis. I want a cross-hair that sits in a fixed spot relative to the monitor while I move the mouse. Here's thought-experiment to see what I mean:

    Fire up http://maps.google.com. There's Toronto. Now try dragging the first "r" of "Toronto" to a fixed point on the monitor. It's near impossible. Now use a washable marker to draw a vertical line from top to bottom of the monitor screen and horizontally across the screen. How much easier it is now to drag any place to a spot dead-centre of the screen prior to zooming. No matter if you live in Toronto, Portland or Atlanta, you can drag yourself to the centre of the screen. Now go wipe that marker off the monitor.

    Instead of a marker pen, think of software that draws the two lines, and retains them there until you wipe them off.

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    Re: Cross Hairs

    Thanks, Alan, but see also my response to Hans. Instead of markers, think of two elastic bands snapped top-bottom and left-right of my monitor screen.

    I know I get fixed on an idea and can't see alternatives, but it's to have cross-hairs in a fixed place, to which (place) I can drag the mouse.

    I suspect I want/need some sort of memory-resident program whose sole mission is to draw cross-hairs until told to stop. The cross-hairs would be re-drawn atop the monitor after Windows has refreshed the screen, so that while I drag a google-map across the monitor, I'd have the cross-hair intersection as a target to which I'd drag the mouse pointer. A right-click would enable the cross-hairs to be repositioned, or to be hidden.

    In the good old days (TM) I could probably have disconnected two wires to cause an unlit spot on the screen!

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    Re: Cross Hairs

    I have no idea how to do it, but it must be possible to write something that would display the coordinates of the mouse pointer on the status bar, rather like you get in a graphics program like the Gimp when you move the mouse across a picture. That would serve much the same purpose, I suppose.

    But why do you want to get Toronto (or wherever) to the middle of the screen? Surely you want to get it to the middle of the map, which is not the same thing.

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    Re: Cross Hairs

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    Re: Cross Hairs

    > Surely you want to get it to the middle of the map, which is not the same thing.

    Agreed. I was using the term "middle" loosely. Better I had said "In a fixed position, determined by me from time to time, at or near the centre of the monitor, but in a postion useful to my needs in the application in which I am interested". But I hate Excessive User Layout Artificialities, as they are known in the trade. (grin!)

    I am come late to mouse-like actions. I've been a keyboarder most of my life, and with the XP range (and probably later) feel enjoyment from the wonderful GUI appliactions available to us. Google Maps and Mario Viewer are classic examples of enjoying (as distinct from using) the mouse as I drag myself across the landscape of the planet (the theme from Jurassic Park is playing on 96.3FM as I type ....)

    It seems strange to me that there is no software that embraces the monitor itself. There's never been anything like "cross hairs" or "grid" or "border" on any monitor menu I've owned.

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    Re: Cross Hairs

    > There you go!

    Well, yes, and I knew I would. And in this household at any rate the idea was doomed from the start, because I am in the habit of obtaining handfuls of elastic bands and knotting them together to make "mouse", which I flick across the room in the dozens for Jupiter to catch. You can imagine what his claws would do to the face side of my LCD screen.

    Actually, I did try it with two elastic bands (that slip easily over a flat-screen monitor). Given the number of levels of Zoom in a map, it's near-impossible to get a place set so accurately at the continental level so as to get it positioned correctly at the streetcar level. I know that I'd improve in time, but if I have, say ten levels of zoom at a factor of 1:2 each, then I'd need hands and mouse that would calibarte to about 1:1000,000 accuracy in movement, and my hands ain't that good.

    By my crude reckoningthe level 2 zoom, showing USA & ocean, is about 3,000 miles or 4,900 KM wide; level 13 zoom is about 0.8 KM. That suggests a factor of 0.5 each level of zoom (4900 2205 992 447 201 90 41 18 8 4 2 1).

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