Due to a stroke, I have had some vision impairment in that I sometimes have a hard time locating my mouse pointer on the screen. I have tried making the mouse pointer larger which helps but is still not the solution.

I am new to the Mac world and would appreciate your help.

In Windows, there is an option where pressing the CTRL key will help to identify the mouse pointer using a temporary display of several radiating concentric circles around the mouse pointer. Is there something like this on OS X?

  • you could try this app itunes.apple.com/us/app/pointer-finder/id670830324?mt=12 – Ruskes May 27 '15 at 18:21
  • Hmmmm.....It's not very well received according to the TWO reviews present. – mdpc May 27 '15 at 18:25
  • @Buscar, what you are specifically suggesting? – mdpc May 27 '15 at 18:26
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    Mac has a great support called Accessibility. Take look at it in your syst preferences. – Ruskes May 27 '15 at 18:28
  • @Buscar, looked in Accessibility first, not much there for somebody in my situation. However, thanks fo the suggestion. – mdpc May 27 '15 at 18:33

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In the release of OS X El Capitan, just shake the cursor to locate it.

find cursor

From Apple:

Call out your cursor.

Lost your cursor on your crowded desktop? Just shake your finger back and forth on the trackpad or give your mouse a shake, and the cursor gets bigger so it’s easy to spot.

To enable/disable this feature, go to System Preferences > Accessibility > Shake mouse pointer to locate

System Preferences screenshot

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  • One can only assume "El Capitan" means Yosemite here. – Rampant Jun 9 '15 at 15:54
  • @Ender no, it's a new feature of the next os x release ("El Capitan") demoed in WWDC 2 days ago. – egwene sedai Jun 10 '15 at 13:19
  • Thanks @egwenesedai, looks like I'm behind on the alpha releases! – Rampant Jun 10 '15 at 20:35
  • Does anyone know how to turn this feature off? My mouse keeps getting really big when I move it and it's annoying. – Nathan Oct 8 '15 at 22:40
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    @Nathan Go to Accessibility > Uncheck "Shake mouse pointer to locate" in System Preferences. – Ivan Chau Nov 8 '15 at 4:31

Pointer Finder

This app will put a circle around your cursor when you press a key.

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    is there a reason making bunch of individual answers when those could have been combined in one ? Is there a benefit to your approach? – Ruskes May 27 '15 at 18:53
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    @Buscar Discussed on Meta: When and how should I write two answers? You didn't need to comment the same thing on every one of my answers individually. – grg May 27 '15 at 18:55
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    Other answers will get blocked. You have to scroll all the way down to see other answers. For this question a simple link in bullets would have done. – GoodSp33d May 28 '15 at 7:18
  • I like that the different options are in different answers so that I can be clear about what I am upvoting. For this reason, I actually kind of regret how much I put into my most popular answer. stackoverflow.com/a/14203146/117471 But it does get me about 50 reputation points a day, so... – Bruno Bronosky Feb 10 '17 at 15:37

Mouse Locator

Highlights the cursor with a green circle upon keypress.

  • Highly visible locator instantly reveals your mouse position.
  • Controllable trigger time period, from 1 second to 30 minutes.
  • Eliminates the frustrating search of your screen.

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  • Although Mouse Locator still works on El Capitan, it has to be manually reactivated on every login / restart, which is quite a nuisance. – Peter Feb 8 '16 at 17:02


Mouseposè will highlight the cursor using a customisable dimming of the rest of the screen, and can zoom to the cursor's location.

Of course, there are other uses as well. If you have a large screen, it helps you quickly locate the mouse pointer when you return to your work after an interruption. Visually impaired people tell us that it helps them as well.

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Find My Mouse

Have troubles with finding Mouse(Cursor) on your screen?

This app can easily locate mouse position, and help you to move cursor between multiple displays immediately by one shortcut!

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Simple Mouse Locator

I searched the App store (I was actually hoping this was something included in OSX) but this is EXACTLY what I was looking for.

I looked at the other apps (but did not install).

I appreciate all the help and hope that this will help some other person having similar problems.

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  • I find the Sierra (currently 10.12.3) is a bit spotty with this when using 2 external monitors on my MBP. Some days when I try to zoom on any of the external displays, one quarter of the zoom box shows up in a corner of my MPB display and the other three quarters are missing. It's a very annoying bug. I miss being able to zoom. I sometimes unplug my monitors if there is something I really need to check for pixel perfect accuracy. – Bruno Bronosky Feb 10 '17 at 15:43

Idea! It works on every version of OS X, for free!


OS X will zoom the whole screen in, centering it on the mouse. The cursor becomes huge and everything else around it will just fly outside the display.

Demo: Zoom to focus

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    System Preference: Accessibility > Zoom, Check "Use scroll gesture with modified keys to zoom" – Ivan Chau Oct 21 '15 at 14:47
  • This is on ctrl+scroll on my computer. – Dag Høidahl Apr 13 '18 at 8:05

There is also a absolutely free way to do this without any installations.

Open the Accessibility in your system preference and select Display. Now you can scale the mouse pointer to the size you like.


Doing it the Apple way (without some 3d party apps)

Create a script as follows that will toggle your cursor size.

Go to System Preferences / Universal Access and check Enable access for assistive devices, this will let you use AppleScript to query and control the user interface of most Applications.

Go to /Applications / Utilities / AppleScript Editor and paste this code and save it as Application:

tell application "System Preferences"
  reveal anchor "Seeing_Display" of pane id "com.apple.preference.universalaccess"
end tell
tell application "System Events"
  set theSlider to slider "Cursor Size:" of group 1 of window 1 of application process "System Preferences"
  set stash to value of theSlider
  if value of theSlider is 1.0 then
      set value of theSlider to 4.0
      set value of theSlider to 1.0
  end if
end tell

source https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/88276/46541

  • Then there are other solutions like:

myPoint Light S 2.17 07-May-2015

Cursor locator that is highly customizable.


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    OP already mentioned "I have tried making the mouse pointer larger which that helps but is still not the solution." – grg May 27 '15 at 18:49
  • There was no preference mentioned for an Apple solution. He did however say that he has tried your solution and said it wasn't the solution for him. – fnord_ix Jun 19 '15 at 1:10

PinPoint (also available in the Mac App Store)

The app provides many cursors and the ability to add others.

It will highlight the cursor on keypress or menu item, or if you just stop moving the cursor for a bit.

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You can try Presentify if you have trouble finding your cursor/mouse.

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App Store Link: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/presentify/id1507246666

Disclosure: I am the developer of Presentify.

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