I need to use large cursors when using OSX.

However the standard Apple ones I can choose in System Preferences all make the cursor expand to the right and down. These then hide the beginning of any tooltip (especially in web browsers) and in some programs they hide needed information.

I already use OmniDazzle to be able to find the cursor (and have used Pinpoint in the past) - it highlights the area the cursor is in but it does not change the cursor icon so it does not help me.

Are there any cursors or any way to expand the cursor in other directions so I can still read the tooltips?

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    I have a similar problem, check out this answer: apple.stackexchange.com/a/36654/15568 Its not a great solution, more of an alternative to scaling up the cursor
    – OrangeBox
    May 16, 2013 at 2:48
  • @OrangeBox I use OmniDazzle for when I have looked away
    – mmmmmm
    May 16, 2013 at 11:12
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    → Mark: I'd like to add here another closely related wish. Most of the time, when a human reads, his eyes focus progress toward the right & down (in occidental writing habits). And on this path, the tooltips are always hiding the next text to read. How may we place these tooltips on the left and up corner (relative to the actual cursor position) so as to avoid hiding the text we are just trying to read?
    – dan
    May 18, 2013 at 7:03
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    @Mark, the short answer is no. Apple has fully locked down the cursors. The best you can do is something like Mouseposé which puts a big translucent cursor-like image around the cursor, in effect giving you a big cursor without actually replacing the cursor. Then you could use normal size cursor and still read the tooltips through the added highlights.
    – Old Pro
    May 21, 2013 at 6:05
  • What OS X do you have ?? In 10.8 the cursor changes size by increasing in size with the slider in System Preferences>Accessibility>Display and there is a slider to change the size. I don't know what you mean by Down and Right as this just gets Bigger May 21, 2013 at 12:00

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You can make custom cursors with a graphics program and apply them using Pinpoint. Here's the relevant video on how it's done.

  • It looks (from the video) like the default cursor has to stay visible. Perhaps the cursor set to its small size in addition to a custom icon would be a satisfactory solution.
    – pknz
    May 16, 2013 at 5:03
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    I'm playing with the trial now and indeed the default cursor stays visible. However, the custom setting allow for vertical and horizontal offset of the custom icon relative to the default cursor.
    – Jack Frost
    May 16, 2013 at 5:17
  • Pinpoit FAQ says "PinPoint does not change the actual pointer in any way. This requires overriding Mac OS X and is not encouraged by Apple. Therefore, we do not do this. PinPoint adds to the existing pointer but does not replace it."
    – mmmmmm
    May 16, 2013 at 11:28
  • and their web pages are odd, can't select text and videos don't work for me.
    – mmmmmm
    May 16, 2013 at 11:31
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    The downvote is because as far as I can see it does not chnage the cursor which is the question - the FAQ explicitly says it does not, If you know otherwise please show
    – mmmmmm
    May 17, 2013 at 12:05

I think Mouseposé or PinPoint will help you out by providing a highlight around a normal size cursor that isn't opaque like the normal cursor so you can still read the tooltips. They're not free, but it may be your only option.

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