I have a lot of screen real estate, and am constantly "losing" my mouse.

I'd like to have a simple way of easily finding the mouse that doesn't have to be reconfigured when I undock from my 28 inch monitor and rely on my retina display.

Windows has a feature that allows for "mouse trails" so I can easily find the pointer wherever it is. How can I get similar functionality on the Mac?

I looked under the "accessibility" tab but found nothing.


There's no built-in option for that. You could try HotMouse for $0.99 in the App Store, or OmniDazzle (free) if you're really feeling crazy.

  • None of these exist as of July 2016. Simple Mouse Locator ($0.99) is available though. Hard to believe mac doesn't have this baked in though. – boatcoder Jul 14 '16 at 16:47

Under Accessibility - Display there is an option to make it larger, and thus easier to find.

Otherwise, go with one of Tortilla's options.

  • As of 10.11.5, this option no longer exists. – boatcoder Jul 14 '16 at 16:48
  • 10.11.5 has the 'Shake mouse pointer to locate' under the Display set of options in Accessibility. – Alex Jul 16 '16 at 1:47

I use Pinpoint from the app store.

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