How to Disable Shake to Find Cursor in OS X El Capitan for Mac
One of the new feature additions to OS X 10.11 and later is the ability to quickly locate a mouse cursor on screen by shaking the mouse or trackpad cursor around, which causes the cursor to enlarge briefly, making it very easy to find on single or multiple display setups.
This is a useful feature particularly if you find yourself losing the cursor from time to time, but some users may not appreciate the cursor growing anytime the mouse or trackpad is shaken around or moved quickly. Thus, some Mac users may wish to disable the shake to find cursor feature in OS X.
Toggling Off or On Shake to Find Cursor in Mac OS X
You can disable or re-enable the shake pointer to local feature at any time. Obviously you’ll need OS X 10.11 or later to have this option:
- Go to the Apple menu and choose “System Preferences”
- Select “Accessibility” and go to “Display”
- Uncheck the box next to “Shake mouse pointer to locate” (or check it if you wish to enable the cursor enlargement feature)
- Shake the mouse cursor to see the change, then leave System Preferences as usual
The adjustment is immediate, if you have the feature turned off, shaking the cursor around all you want does not make the pointer larger, it’s exactly the same as it was in all prior releases of OS X. Of course, if you turn it back on, a quick shake makes the cursor bigger again.
If you have gone looking for this preference toggle before and not found it, it’s likely because the location of this setting is a little out of place, residing within Display, despite there being are multiple settings locations for Mouse and Trackpad. Perhaps that will change in a future update, but for now this is where the shake-to-locate cursor feature is found. While you’re in there, you can also choose to increase the size of the cursor without having to shake it, disable general transparency effects, or increase UI contrast if those appeal to you.
Personally I like this feature and leave it enabled, but I’ve seen some users who are less than happy with the growing cursor, often with those who frequently draw or game on the Mac.