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I have a 27" iMac running Snow Leopard. In a wide range of applications I often need to use a straight edge to compare different values on charts, even sometimes charts generated by different applications. To do this I have made do with clumsy solutions like creating a floating and transparent Sticky or using Shift + Command + 4. I've also tried a small app called Crosshairs.

None of these things do what I really want. Ideally, I'd like a full screen crosshair centered on the cursor. Another way to think about this, it would give me a full height vertical and full width horizontal line that would show up over (on top of) any and all applications, just as a cursor does. Nice to haves it would give the coordinates of the display and have toolbar or right click access to turn it on or off.

Any suggestions?

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SnagIt for Mac does exactly this: a full screen crosshair with pixel coordinates, when you take a screen shot. But it's only designed for screen shots. goo.gl/D0JnL –  Wheat Williams Apr 13 '12 at 14:57
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While it has many more features than this, something like xScope sounds great for this.

Some main features:

  • mirroring
  • getting on screen dimensions
  • rulers
  • guides
  • frames
  • crosshair
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Great little app. WAy more than I need for what I do need of it works like a charm. Thanks. –  Jagra Apr 13 '12 at 22:01
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Free solution: Mouse Locator http://www.2point5fish.com/

You can make whatever custom cursors you want.

Hotkeys can turn it on/off, and if you want coordinates, you could launch Pixie (or another app) and keep it in the corner.

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