"Hand" cursor in macOS

What are the three vertical bars in the middle of the cursor supposed to represent?

  • 5
    Looks like a Micky Mouse glove to me.
    – agarza
    Aug 12, 2020 at 21:28
  • 2
    I believe it is a classic white glove which, in real life, had white piping on the back, three stripes of it usually... Aug 12, 2020 at 22:09
  • 3
    Even the Apple glove has a notch
    – Andreas
    Aug 13, 2020 at 0:00
  • I’m voting to close this question because asking why Apple does or doesn’t do something is out of the scope of what’s considered on-topic for this site
    – Allan
    Aug 13, 2020 at 4:43
  • 2
    We can quickly remove the 'why' in a case like this, & replace it with a 'what' - what is the hand symbol supposed to represent?
    – Tetsujin
    Aug 13, 2020 at 9:21

1 Answer 1


It's a housekeeping, or butler's glove - similar to the ones Mickey Mouse wears.

The 'indentation' actually is on the underside in real life, & is usually a button-fastener, but liberty has been taken to give a more skeuomorphic look.

A tradition since at least Victorian times. A symbol of cleanliness & discreet, professional service.

enter image description here

More images at Alamy - https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo/white-gloves-butler.html

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .