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I'm aware of Apple's "Shake to find" feature, which enlarges the pointer (too briefly, in my opinion, but Apple Knows Your Needs Better Than You Do™), and I occasionally use it (or accidentally trigger it).

I'm also aware of (increasingly unstable and out-of-date) third-party programs like "Mouse Locator" and Mouseposé, both of which suffer from lack of upgrades to keep up with Mac OS versions.

I'm looking for a way to trigger the temporary big cursor effect of "Shake to find" without being forced to violently move the cursor away from the very thing I want to highlight.

Also, before people berate me for not searching for this, I have spent plenty of time on Google and Bing and StackExchange trying to find a non-mouse-shaking alternative.

  • "too briefly'... ermm... just keep it moving very slightly, it stays big. The behaviour has [improved/got more twitchy] in recent OSes. – Tetsujin Jul 20 '18 at 17:45
  • Violently? Something's wrong with your mouse, mate. – Allan Jul 20 '18 at 20:17
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    Can you clarify why you would want to do this? The point of the shake to find enlarging is normally to find it if you lost it, or reveal it if it has become hidden. You say that shake to find is a problem because it moves the cursor away from the thing you want to highlight--which implies that you already know where your cursor is. So what is the enlargement for? This will help me give you a better answer. – spacetyper Jul 20 '18 at 20:30
  • @Tetsujin: Yes: for me, "too briefly": It grows the cursor only while the mouse is actively "scrubbing," and returns to normal size within a tiny fraction of a second unless vigorous motion is maintained. If I start moving it at a "normal" pace after shaking, it almost instantly returns to normal size. I would guess in less than 0.1s. – Dave Land Jul 24 '18 at 15:59
  • @Allan: Yes, fairly violently. Thank you for your concern, but my mouse works just fine: it is capable of fine, delicate movements (as needed for my design work) as well as rapid displacements. "Shake to find" requires significant, constant movement in a very, very (~0.1s) short timeframe. "Violent" about describes it. Think "vigorously scrubbing" and you're about right. – Dave Land Jul 24 '18 at 16:00
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There is way to increae the size of you cursor but it will stay that size until you change it. Maybe making the cursor a little bigger will help.

Go to System Preferences and click Accessibility. Then on the left click on Display. That opens a window that has a slider to set the cursor size. You can also turn off the feature that makes shaking the cursor expand it.

  • Thanks. I'm aware of this. I want to be able to momentarily increase the size of the cursor while leaving it in place, not having to shake the mouse … ahem … "violently" :-). – Dave Land Jul 24 '18 at 15:52

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