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A cursor is a graphic that shows where the current action will take place in a GUI. It can be moved by a mouse or other pointing device.

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Use macOS keyboard cursoring conventions in Microsoft Word for Mac

By default Microsoft Word for Mac assigns Windows-like keyboard shortcuts for cursoring through a document. For example, Command-Home places the cursor at the top of the document (similar to Control-...
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How to make blinking vertical text cursor/marker more pronounced

I am writing a Master Thesis on my Mac. Unfortunately I have to use MS Word. The blinking vertical marker that shows where I am writing is not pronounced enough sometimes when there is a wall of text, ...
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Disable hide cursor in macOS Monterey

As I am type here, my mouse cursor(the pointer to show where user is interacting with GUI with mouse/trackpad) is hidden automatically. In the contrary, when I type in Chrome omnibox(AKA, address bar),...
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Jittery cursor since upgrading to Monterey

I've recently upgraded to Monterey on my Mac mini (2018) and have noticed my cursor occasionally jumping about. At first I thought this was an issue with my Wacom One tablet, I tried reinstalling the ...
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Mac Terminal doesn't obey ANSI "Show Cursor" Escape Sequence; Can't Regain Cursor Visibility, suspect State issue

System: I'm writing a Python 3 script using ANSI escape sequences on an Intel iMac Pro running up-to-date Monterey. Problem: I hide the cursor when printing a lot of ASCII animations to the screen. ...
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Disable color cursor outline in grayscale mode

When the grayscale color filter is applied, there's an outline on the cursor and it's color is the color of what the cursor is hovering on. Is there a way to disable this? The reason why I want to do ...
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Annoying white rounded rectangle follows cursor around after wrong keyboard shortcut

After making the wrong keyboard shortcut, a weird rounded rectangle with a thick white border appeared around my cursor and followed the cursor around. (I was trying to make the shortcut that arranges ...
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Arrow Key Navigation on iPad External Keyboard Sometimes Causes Cursor to Jump

The Problem I am using a Logitech K480 Bluetooth keyboard with a 7th generation iPad (iPadOS 14.6) and I often notice that when I am navigating a body of text I have typed (e.g. in the Notes or ...
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Temporarily show location of mouse pointer (without having to move the mouse)?

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 ...
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Quarter circle with self-filling edge when mouse pointer is near the corner in Big Sur

I am new to Big Sur. While setting it up, I noticed a feature I had not seen before. Whenever the cursor got close to one of the four corners of the screen, a quarter-circle-like shape appeared ...
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Mac OS Big Sur - mouse stutter (not a Bluetooth problem)

I'm experiencing really annoying mouse stutter on my MacBook Pro 16 inch. When I move the cursor it's smooth for a few seconds and then it suddenly stops for a split-second before moving again. This ...
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Where are / are the "counting hand" cursors used in macOS

I was looking around inside the system folders in MacOS and where the cursors are there are 3 cursors I've never seen before called countinguphand, countingdownhand and countingupandownhand. You can ...
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Macbook Pro 2016 - Cursor doesn't move when making selections/moving objects

I have a MacBook Pro 15" 2016 with Touch Bar on OS Catalina 10.15.7. For the last few months I've been having the issue; when I move an object in an application like Adobe Illustrator, Adobe ...
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Jittery macOS mouse cursor when hovering over links

I'm experiencing a jittery/buggy/flickering mouse cursor when moving my mouse over hyperlinks. This occurs in both Safari and Chrome. It also occurs in other non-hyperlink instances of the mouse ...
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Wiped my Macbook keyboard and trackpad with an antibacterial wipe. It's affected the cursor when there is load on the cpu. How can I fix this?

I have turned the Macbook off and left it for 24 hours and turned it back on three (days) separate times. Using a USB mouse when the Macbook is turned on works well but as soon as a load is on the cpu ...
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How to prevent cursor from getting stuck in corner in Mac OS Catalina?

I have a dual monitor setup. In previous versions of Mac OS, when I move the cursor from the left monitor to the right, it moves without any problem, regardless of how high or low on the screen the ...
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Cursor on Macbook Pro stucks (or trembling without response)

I have a very weird issue on my MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014). While using the trackpad, mouse cursor stuck or becomes super laggy for no reason. The only way to come back is if I will close ...
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Mac mini 2018 cursor freezes after RAM upgrade

My Mac mini 2018 (3 GHz Core i5) runs Mojave 10.14.6. Monitor is an LG UHD 27UK850. After a RAM upgrade to 32GB the cursor regularly but momentarily freezes approximately every 4 seconds - a major ...
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Cursor disappearing after full screen

I have a mac laptop running 10.14.6. For some reason, in the last week, the cursor has started disappearing every time I go full screen and then leave full screen. So I have to hit Mission Control ...
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Rainbow Style Loading Cursor On MacBook Air 2017

Is It Normal To Get The Rainbow Colour Loading Cursor Sometimes While Using Safari On The MacBook Air 2017 i5 5th Gen. I'm A First Time Mac User. Sorry If It's Silly.
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Magnification glass doesn't come up anymore when moving text cursor?

When I type, say if I want to move the cursor to some position back to do the edit, I would hold the finger down and then it will display a magnification glass that was very handy to use to move the ...
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How to select single word in URL in iOS 13?

Given a text with a link inside: Prior to iOS 13, i could long press a word that was not part of the URL to select the word, then drag the finger over a word in the URL to select only that word of ...
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MacBook Air -- Cursor gets stuck as arrow/finger

When I am using my MacBook Air, my cursor sometimes gets stuck and remains as either the default pointer (black arrow), or as the link-clicking finger. I generally have to quit the application and go ...
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Cusor won't react to hyperlinks when using Safari

Problem Descriptions: Normally when hovering the mouse cursor on a hyperlink, the cursor turns into a little hand, and the link will show the CSS hover effect. But a weird Safari bug kept this from ...
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How to trigger enlarged mouse pointer without shaking the mouse

There's a feature on OS X at least since El Capitan, but possibly earlier that enlarges the mouse pointer when you shake the mouse. In fact, it's called Shake mouse pointer to locate (under ...
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Cursor often disappearing

I remember this issue happening to me since at least High Sierra, maybe Sierra, maybe before. When switching between spaces my mouse pointer is invisible until I click on the menu bar at the top of ...
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My Macbook 2011 cursor moves and clicks but won't work

My MacBook cursor moves fine, clicks fine on the touchpad, but will not click on anything. I tried right-clicking and this works on some windows but not all. I tried powering off, doesn't work. I ...
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Hide the cursor from the terminal

I want to be able to hide the cursor programmatically. I am okay with giving any required permissions to the script.
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Can macOS display a key shortcut when the cursor hovers over a visible control?

Is there a way to set the cursor so that when you hover over something it displays the keyboard shortcut like I can do on my pc? For example: if I hover over the Bold button in Pages it should show me ...
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What's the difference, in Apple parlance, between a Cursor and a Mouse Pointer?

I tend to call it a "pointer", to distinguish it from the text cursor, and because it can be controlled without a mouse (e.g. trackpad). However, I would like to use the same kind of language Apple ...
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Fix invisible cursor?

Is there a fix for this bug that causes my cursor to randomly disappear? It happens every couple minutes and it's incredibly frustrating because I'm constantly trying to figure out where my cursor is. ...
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I want to control Multiple macbooks, mulitple cursors with 1 input mouse

Read this correctly: I want to have 5 macbooks sitting next to each other. Each running their own OSX. Each with their own cursor. Total number of cursors = 5 But i input only 1 mouse. When i move ...
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Is there a way to temporarily enlarge the mouse pointer like Apple's "Shake to find" does?

I'm aware of Apple's "Shake to find" feature, which enlarges the pointer (too briefly for me), and I occasionally use it. I'm also aware of (increasingly unstable and out-of-date) third-party ...
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Trackpad cursor moving around on its own and clicking anywhere

I own a Macbook Pro Late 2011 model and recently the trackpad's cursor is behaving weirdly - it moves around on its own and it clicks anywhere. I am guessing I need to change my trackpad ? link Will ...
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High Siera- clicking mouse obscures Cursor tip hotspot with yellow

I have just updated to Mac High Siera. Now, on clicking the mouse, the cursor hotspot area is temporarily obscured by non-translucent yellow. How can I change/stop this?
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Text cursor (I-beam) in screen sharing is too large

I have an issue where the mouse cursor(I-beam) on my Mac (High Sierra) is extra large. The large size only appears when viewing this Mac via Screen Sharing - the client Mac I'm on shows the correct ...
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copy text inside terminal.app without mouse

I'm inside a terminal.app with about 20 lines of commands and it's output $ previous command previous command output $ git branch develop master * you/236-add-more-test $ previous ...
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Choppy mouse in High Sierra

Just did a clean install. Oddly enough, when booting up, mouse responds immediately. But after a while it becomes choppy. I am still setting up the machine, so I have no heavy applications running. ...
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How to determine what keeps causing my mouse cursor to stick or slow down a lot?

Every once in a while, my mouse cursor will stop for a second, or move extremely slow, every half minute or so. I recently upgraded to High Sierra, but also noticed this occurring when running Sierra. ...
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How to change transparency of block terminal cursor?

I really like using block type cursors, but the one in the default terminal isn't transparent, so it obscures the character that is selected. Is there a way to make it transparent or maybe make it so ...
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Mouse disappears when plugging in a HDMI monitor and enabling mirroring

Only with HDMI monitor and enabled mirroring my mouse simply disappears. I have Mac OS X 10.10.5. I have to remove the HDMI cable or disable mirroring and then it appears again. Any ideas how to fix ...
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How to increase cursor size programmatically?

How do I increase the cursor size programmatically? I know how to do it manually. Is there a script that can do it from the command line rather than an AppleScript that does it from the GUI. Why? I ...
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Showing two mouse cursors?

Whats up with this?: When I have a mouse cursor size that is bigger than the actual mouse, this shows up. Please help! It is really annoying and it makes my computer lag. It does not survive a ...
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How to diagnose insertion point/trackpad jitters?

When I’m typing in any application (e.g. Chrome, Safari, MS Word, Evernote), the insertion point often jumps around unexpectedly. I have this problem with the builtin trackpad and my magic trackpad at ...
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Why cursor pointer size not getting small on Mac OS X sierra?

I'm using Logitech mouse with my Mac OS X sierra, the issue is when I'm changing the cursor pointer size, making it small, it's not appearing. Only big pointer can be seen not the small one. Can ...
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Cursor changes position in input line after I highlight some text to overwrite it

My problem is that when I highlight some text (doesn't matter where or in which application) in order to write over it the cursor, sometimes, suddenly changes position causing a lot of typos. Let's ...
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Focus follows mouse (and autoraise) for Chrome windows

Is there a way to enable focus-follows-mouse behavior for Google Chrome windows? The desired behavior is that if there are two browser windows, occupying the left and right halves of the screen, then ...
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Delete the current line in Android Studio?

I want to select the entire line my cursor is on so I can delete it. By using CtrlE I can move my cursor to the end of the line. But CtrlShiftA doesn't work... What's the alternative(s)? Thanks.
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Cursor lag or sticky effect on links

After upgrading to macOS Sierra I've noticed that my mouse cursor tends to lag, grab or stick to links when traversing over a web page. The effect seems mostly pronounced in Safari but is exhibited in ...
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Any other way to move cursor to the end of line, instead of <Cmd>+<right-arrow>

Cmd + → is not finger-friendly for me. So I wonder any other way without the 4-arrow-key to do the same, any one will be appreciated. System: MacOS X El Capitan Version 10.11.6 Usage: move the ...
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