Stop Cursing an Invisible Cursor
Mac Tip #361, 22 October 2008
Computer screens today cram a lot of pixels into a small space. That means that type can be quite small, and so can the cursor. If you sometimes have trouble finding the cursor on your computer screen, how about making it bigger? Here’s how.
Note: this Tip was written with Mac OS X 10.5.5 Leopard in mind. Other versions of the Operating System may not offer exactly the same features.
The first screenshot shows a normal sized cursor hovering to the right of the title of last week’s Tip as I view the MacTips.info web page. It’s not very big.
To change that visit the System Preferences > Universal Access > Mouse & Trackpad pane. At the bottom of that pane is a slider for the Cursor Size. My screenshot shows I’ve slid the marker all the way to the right — the ‘Large’ end of the slider.
As you can see, the cursor arrow is now enormous, and unmissable.
The third screenshot shows my MacTips archive web page again, this time with that giant cursor.
If you go to edit a text document, the ‘I-beam’ cursor is also displayed larger, but unfortunately I can’t make a screenshot that displays it.
In practice that huge cursor size doesn’t suit me. I generally set the slider to a bit to the left of the first checkmark.
Experiment for yourself to see what works best for you.
And please, leave a comment below if you’ve found this Tip useful or have anything to add.