How to Make Mouse Pointer Bigger On Your Mac?

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The size of the cursor is becoming smaller and smaller on Mac systems since high resolution and larger display became a norm. If you have noticed, many Mac laptops with retina display and iMac with high resolution retina display, the cursor is now almost invisible. But, there are few ways to make the mouse pointer bigger. Let’s see what they are.

System Preference Pane

System preference pane was introduced in Mac a long ago that lets hearing and visual difficulties Mac users to configure many GUI elements on Mac to meet their needs. And this includes; the facility to zoom in - to see smaller items bigger, adjust the display screen contrast, provides voice-over and display captions where it is needed. You can even control the mouse pointer size. It lets you adjust the cursor size that suits you the best.

If you find yourself searching for the mouse or trackpad pointer, the Accessibility in Preference pane is the place for you to begin the changes to want to the cursor size.

Change The Cursor Size in Mac

To increase the size of the cursor on your Mac, follow the below-mentioned steps:

Run ‘System Preferences’ either by clicking the icon in the Dock or go to Apple Menu and select System Preferences.

Once the System Preference window opens, click ‘Universal Access’ preference pane if you are using OS X Lion and its earlier version, and ‘Accessibility’ preference pane for Mountain Lion OS X and later.

Now, select Mouse tab for Lion and earlier OS X, select ‘Display item’ in the side-bar for Mountain Lion and later OS X.

After the window is open, you can see a horizontal slide bar called as Cursor size. Now, move the slider up and down to adjust the cursor size. You can see the resize of the mouse pointer dynamically as you move the slider.

Once you have resized the mouse pointer according to your liking, you can close the System Preference window.

That’s it. You have the cursor of the size you want.

Wait, that’s not all. There is another way to resize the mouse pointer.  With the arrival of El Capitan OS X, apple introduced a feature to resize the cursor dynamically whenever you have difficulty in finding it on the display monitor. This feature is commonly known as Shake to Find, though it’s not the official name.


This feature helps you find where the mouse pointer is on the display screen. Shake your mouse up and down or move your fingers to and fro on the trackpad to increase the size of the cursor temporarily making it visible for you. It will go back to the normal size that you set in your Accessibility preference once you stop shaking the mouse.

Turn on Shake-to-Find

Open the Accessibility pane, from the sidebar choose Display item. Just below the horizontal cursor slide bar, you’ll see “Shake mouse pointer to locate”, tick-mark the box to turn on the feature. Now, the feature turned on, the size of the cursor becomes larger whenever you shake the mouse faster.


Try both the feature and see what suits you best. You can always swap between them. If you have the size of the cursor little large, you don’t have to shake the mouse to find it. for OS X El capital and later users, you don’t have to set the size of the cursor at all. but for others, you can make use of the feature.

Note: If any data loss situation arises, when playing around with setting and preferences and unable to retrieve them, there Mac file recovery software available in the market which caters to all your data loss situations and gives value for money.

Here's a complete guide on Mac Hot Corners. Where we have explained what are Hot Corners on Mac and how to use it.

About the Author: John Harris

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