It often takes me a while to find the mouse crosshair when working with Terminal.app. Is there a way to make it more visible?

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    Do you want to customize the mouse cursor (while you're moving it around), or the text cursor (that shows you where you are in some text)? Aug 4, 2011 at 20:09
  • The mouse pointer that appears when I am over the Terminal.app window. I would like it to be something more visible than a crosshair.
    – nachocab
    Aug 4, 2011 at 20:53
  • To be more clear, this is largely a problem if you have the terminal background set to black, or otherwise a very dark color. Unlike the arrow pointer, the text select hairpin doesn't have a border color of white to make it visible against any background.
    – Jherico
    May 10, 2012 at 21:06
  • Did you find a solution yourself? :) It's very irritating especially with an external main monitor, the pointer gets lost on the side monitor
    – Kaan
    Nov 11, 2014 at 8:36
  • @KaanSoral, nah, I just switched to a light background in iTerm to make it more visible
    – nachocab
    Nov 11, 2014 at 23:08

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There's an app available to download called Mouse Locator which will put green markers around your cursor if you press a hotkey. That might help you but I don't know if it's still a working program under current OS X releases.

  • Appears to be broken in Catalina.
    – TextGeek
    May 3, 2020 at 20:00

I've started having this problem also, not sure if it started happening after i got a retina screen or upgraded to mavericks, or im just getting old. My suggestion is to try iTerm2 which have a bit more visible "hairpin".

  • I'm having this issue after upgrading to Yosimite from Mountain Lion. It is definitely dimmer. :/ May 13, 2015 at 17:54

If you mean the blinking cursor, then you need to go into the terminal preferences. Here's a picture to help you better understand

Terminal Prefences

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    Thanks, Slick. But I meant the OSX pointer, it switches to a hairpin when you move it through the Terminal.app window, then it goes back to being an arrow.
    – nachocab
    Aug 4, 2011 at 20:40

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