This is a step-by-step guide for how to use MSI Afterburner and RivaTuner as lightweight, font-based ingame crosshair for fullscreen games.Get MSI Afterburner
Add (bottom left corner) your game exe or simply use the
Global profile. By default, it now displays your FPS (frames per second) in the bottom left corner of your screen while ingame.
Consider "Start with Windows" (top left) if you want this to be a setup-and-forget, and make sure "Show On-Screen Display" is set to ON. Largely ignore the other settings on this screen.
It is suggested to have your game open so that you can see the changes along this tutorial in real-time.
In MSI Afterburner, find
Select the tab
Monitoring (in the top row) and scroll the Graph list until you find
Framerate. Click on it.
The checkbox next to
Show On-Screen Display should be checked. Click on the three dots in this line to change the settings for the Framerate display.
Double-click on the colors that are currently used for your Framerate display and set their
Opacity to 0%.
In the line
Prolog, enter the character you want to use for your crosshair. Suitable characters are the plus sign
+ or a dot
Advanced, if you cannot live without a framerate counter: Pad your Prolog character with
\t (tab) and
\n (new line) like this to offset your crosshair towards the top right. With a bit of experimenting and by fine-tuning your crosshair position (see last step in RivaTuner), you can move the framerate counter back to the bottom left corner. Super hacky, but it works.
Back in RivaTuner, click on
Raster 3D and pick a
Size. If you are unsure, try Segoe UI Light (included with Windows 10) because it has slim lines, a proportional plus sign and a round dot.
Important! Pick a font size where your character's width is an even number of pixels for an exact center position on your screen.
Now center your new crosshair to the screen by trial and error with help of a centered ingame crosshair and the
arrow keys or number input (bottom right) or by manually counting pixels. Fullscreen crosshair guide by Myian from Twitch. Cheers!