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Make the Mouse Pointer on Your Mac Bigger

Universal Access Can Enlarge Your Mouse Pointer

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Gregor Schuster/The Image Bank/Getty Images Make the Mouse Pointer on Your Mac Bigger

Use the slider to adjust your mouse’s pointer size.

Screen shot courtesy of Coyote Moon, Inc.

With both larger and high-resolution displays becoming the norm, you may have noticed your mouse pointer is getting smaller. On both the newer 27-inch iMacs and the 27-inch and larger displays that are now available, the monitor's native resolution is high enough that your mouse cursor can be difficult to locate as it scurries across the screen. There is, however, a way to make the mouse pointer larger, so it's easier to spot.

Universal Access

Apple includes a system preference pane known as Universal Access that allows Mac users with vision or hearing difficulties to configure their Macs to better respond to their needs. The Universal Access preference pane is also handy for those of us whose age is starting to affect the quality of our eyesight, making us hunt for the mouse cursor that once was so easy to see.

To make the mouse pointer just the right size for your eyes, follow these instructions:

  1. Launch System Preferences by clicking its icon in the Dock, or selecting 'System Preferences' from the Apple menu.

  2. In the System Preferences window, click either the Universal Access preference pane (OS X Lion and earlier) or the Accessibility preference pane (OS X Mountain Lion and later).

  3. In the preference pane that opens, click the Mouse tab (OS X Lion and earlier) or click the Display item in the sidebar (OS X Mountain Lion and later).

  4. In the window is a horizontal slider called Cursor Size. Grab the slider and drag it to adjust the mouse pointer's size. You can dynamically see the mouse pointer resize as you drag the slider.

  5. Once you have the mouse pointer set at a size you like, close the preference pane.

That's all there is to adjusting the size of the mouse cursor.

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