Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple 99 99 people found this article helpful Make the Mouse Pointer on Your Mac Bigger Stop hunting for it. Enlarge your mouse pointer by Tom Nelson Writer Tom Nelson is an engineer, programmer, network manager, and computer network and systems designer who has written for Other World Computing,and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Tom Nelson Updated on September 11, 2020 The Ultimate Guide to Computer Mice The Ultimate Guide to Computer Mice Introduction Mouse Basics What Is a Mouse? Wired vs. Wireless: Which Is Better? Optical vs. Laser My Mouse Won't Work! How Do I Fix It? How to Connect a Wireless Mouse Tips for Using Your Mouse How to Change Mouse Speed or Sensitivity How to Use Your Phone as a Wi-Fi Mouse Best Way to Use a Trackball Mouse How to Clean a Wireless Mouse How to Clean a Dirty Computer Mouse Using Mice on Macs How to Use a Multi-Button Mouse with Your Mac Make Your Mac's Mouse Pointer Bigger Reducing the Magic Mouse's Battery Cost How to Fix Magic Mouse Disconnect Problems How to Fix a Magic Mouse Tracking Problem How to Use a Mouse With an iPad Configure Your Mac's Trackpad to Meet Your Needs How to Use the Virtual Trackpad on the iPad Our Recommendations: Best Mice The Best Wireless Mice The Best for Travel The Best for iPads The Best Vertical Mice The Best Ergonomic Mice The Best for Macs The Best Razer Mice Tweet Share Email It's not you. Your Mac's mouse or trackpad cursor is getting smaller. It's not your eyesight that's causing the problem; it's the large, high-resolution displays that have become the norm. With all the current Mac laptops and desktop iMac models sporting Retina displays, the poor mouse pointer is getting harder and harder to see as it scurries across your Mac's screen. However, there are a couple of ways to make the Mac pointer larger so that it's easier to spot. Information in this article applies to all versions of OS X and macOS through macOS Catalina, except as noted. Accessibility Preference Pane The Mac has long included a system preferences pane that allows Mac users with vision or hearing difficulties to configure the computer's graphical interface elements to meet their needs. This includes the ability to control the display's contrast, zoom in to see details of smaller objects, display captions where appropriate, and provide a voiceover. It also controls the cursor size, so you can adjust the size to one that works better for you. If you find yourself occasionally hunting for the mouse or trackpad cursor, the Accessibility preference pane is the place to change the cursor size. After you set a size in the preferences, the cursor stays that way until you change it again. Enlarge the Cursor Size Permanently on a Mac Make the cursor pointer just the right size for your eyes. Launch System Preferences by selecting System Preferences from the Apple menu or by clicking its icon in the Dock. In the System Preferences window, click Accessibility in OS X Mountain Lion through macOS Catalina. (Select Universal Access in OS X Lion and earlier.) Click Display in the sidebar in the Accessibility preference pane that opens. Select the Cursor tab. (In OS X Lion and earlier, select the Mouse tab.) Drag the slider next to Cursor Size to adjust the size of the pointer. You can dynamically see the mouse pointer resize as you drag the slider. When the cursor is a size you like, close the System Preferences. Enlarge the Cursor Temporarily With Shake to Find Wait, there's more. In OS X El Capitan, Apple added a feature to dynamically resize the cursor temporarily when you have difficulty finding it on your display. With no official name given by Apple for this feature, it's commonly referred to as Shake to Find. This simple feature helps you locate the cursor on the screen when it's hard to see. Shaking the mouse back and forth or moving your finger on the trackpad to and fro causes the cursor to enlarge temporarily, making it easy to spot on your display. When you stop the shaking motion, the cursor reverts to its original size, as set in the Accessibility preference pane. To activate Shake to Find, place a check mark in the box next to Shake mouse pointer to locate. It's located above the Cursor size slider in the Accessibility preferences pane. With the check box filled in, give the mouse a shake or shake your finger across the trackpad. The faster you shake, the larger the cursor becomes. Stop shaking, and the cursor returns to its normal size. A horizontal shake works best for increasing the cursor size. Shaking and Cursor Size If you're using OS X El Capitan or later, you may find that you don't need to enlarge the cursor at all. The Shake to Find feature may be all you need. It’s a trade-off between the two—more shaking or a larger cursor. Give it a try; you're bound to find the combination that best suits your needs.