A mouse pointer is a visual indicator on a computer screen that represents the location and movement of a computer mouse. It typically takes the form of an arrow, but can also be customized to take on a variety of shapes and styles. The mouse pointer allows the user to navigate through graphical user interfaces, select items on the screen, and activate commands or functions. Modern operating systems and software applications offer a variety of customizable mouse pointer options, including color, size, and shape. The mouse pointer is an essential element of the user interface for computer systems and software applications.