I have to work with both Windows 10 and MacOS (Big Sur) daily. I have the "Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key" option enabled in Windows. This option is extremely helpful when locating the mouse cursor since it doesn't necessitate having to move the mouse; simply tapping the CTRL key causes radiating circles to briefly appear around the cursor.

I've been unsuccessful in finding a similar feature for MacOS. Mouse Pointer Locator and Is there a way to temporarily enlarge the mouse pointer like Apple's "Shake to find" does? represent similar requests; the recommended solutions, however, don't seem to provide the feature I describe.

MacOS's built-in 'Shake mouse pointer to locate' (and the Magic Trackpad equivalent) is too disruptive. And many of the suggested apps require toggling into a mode to make the mouse cursor look differently and then toggling out of that mode to return the cursor to the original appearance; again, that's too disruptive. I simply want to press a hotkey to temporarily show the location of the mouse pointer (without having to move the mouse).

Hoping someone can relate ... and can offer a solution. Thanks!

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Unfortunately I'm unaware of any free options aside from wiggling the mouse, but check out https://apps.apple.com/us/app/simple-mouse-locator/id946676425?mt=12 - it seems to be exactly what you're looking for.

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    Or another from coderace: apps.apple.com/us/app/mypoint-light-s/id518658487?ls=1
    – Gilby
    Feb 7, 2021 at 3:24
  • Thanks. The developers of Simple Mouse Locator told me their product does exactly what I'm looking for; however, they also informed me that it is not yet compatible with Big Sur.
    – Chris
    Feb 13, 2021 at 16:35

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