Increase the Size of the Mac Cursor

Apr 20, 2011 - 8 Comments

Set the Mac cursor size to be bigger Increasing the size of the Mac mouse and trackpad pointer is an important ability for those with visual impairments, but it’s also a great way to make a Mac more friendly for newcomers to computers in general, like kids and grandparents. Adjusting the cursor size is slightly different in newer versions of Mac OS X compared to older versions, and we will cover how to make those changes in both.

Increasing the Cursor Size in OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Newer

Ever since OS X Mavericks and Mountain Lion, where and how you change the cursor size has moved. This isn’t bad news though, because the new cursor in the newest versions of OS X is also significantly higher quality with a higher DPI version available that looks great even at the largest setting on a Retina display.

  • Open the  Apple menu and go to “System Preferences”, then go to “Accessibility”
  • Choose “Display” then adjust the cursor size slider next to “Cursor Size”

Changes are immediately notice, and the largest setting is significantly bigger and more visible than the default setting.

Large cursor in Mac OS X

Note the cursor size adjustment tool has been shuffled around not only from the Mouse setting to Display setting, but the Universal Access panel is now called Accessibility. That is primarily how the latest versions of OS X differ from prior versions of the Mac in regards to the pointer size.

Change the Cursor Size in Mac OS X 10.7 and Earlier

You can increase the size of the Mac OS X mouse and trackpad cursor by adjusting a setting in the Universal Access preference pane:

  • From System Preferences, click on “Universal Access”
  • Select the “Mouse & Trackpad” tab
  • Near the bottom you’ll find “Cursor Size” with and adjustable slider, the screenshot demonstrates the cursor on it’s largest size
  • Changes set and save automatically

mac cursor size

The slider causes immediate changes, allowing you to see live representations of what the new cursor size looks and behaves like.

This setting is intended for use with those with difficulty seeing the cursor, but it’s also a great feature to enable for young kids. Combine this tip with increasing the desktop icon size or even making Mac OS X look like iOS to further simplify the user interface.

Updated 2/20/2013 to reflect differences in latest versions of OS X

Enjoy this tip? Subscribe to the OSXDaily newsletter to get more of our great Apple tips, tricks, and important news delivered to your inbox! Enter your email address below:

Related articles:

Posted by: William Pearson in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

8 Comments

» Comments RSS Feed

  1. B0bby says:

    Hey,

    Isn’t there an app that decreases the size of the pointer ?
    Als decrease the font in the menubar and everything like it’s running on a higher resolution ??

  2. Timr says:

    How do you resize the pointer if your using OSX 10.8.2?

  3. Kiska says:

    This doesn’t work for OS 10.8.2…there isn’t any “UNIVERSAL ACCESS” icon anymore that contains a cursor size adjustment!

  4. dude says:

    In 10.8.2, cursor size can be adjusted under “display” menu in “accessibility” in system preferences.

  5. […] you’ve done this before with other versions of Mac OS, you’ll notice a few prominent changes from how OS X 10.8+ […]

  6. pahoughton says:

    THANKS!

  7. Yakov says:

    Unfortunately, this solution doesn’t work for presenters. The large cursor is not shown when your mouse is over a PDF document or in an editable field.

Leave a Reply

 

Shop for Apple & Mac Deals on Amazon.com

Subscribe to OSXDaily

Subscribe to RSS Subscribe to Twitter Feed Follow on Facebook Subscribe to eMail Updates