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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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Resizing Windows Has Become Very Difficult

I'm not sure when it happened, but resizing windows has started requiring surgical precision with the mouse. Getting the resize cursor to appear at the edge of a window takes several attempts, as if ...
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Why do the interface objects (eg cursor, cmd+tab, swiping across desktops) seem completely unaffected by lag?

Whenever my MacBook Air 2015 experiences lag, most apps and interactions are slow to respond and often send my mouse into pinwheeling. However, the mouse cursor and trackpad shortcuts (four-finger ...
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Is there a way to get a bigger cursor on the login screen on Monterey

I use a 43" tv as my main screen running 1800 x 2800 pixels. On my account, I've set the cursor larger and with red edges to make it easier to find. But the login screen still has the default ...
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Left click causes pointer lag on iMac, without magnet or bettertouchtool

I have been having some little issues with my 2019 Sonoma 14.3.1 iMac. When I click the left button of the mouse, it causes the pointer to freeze for half a second. It is making the gaming experience ...
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How do you stop an in-game mouse cursor switching to the OS's default cursor?

For years now I have known that, when playing Rimworld on my computer, the in-game cursor will switch to the OS's cursor for no apparent reason. I had thought this was a bug exclusive to Rimworld and ...
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Is there a way to turn cursor acceleration off on MacBook's trackpad (not for mouse) with using Terminal? [duplicate]

I turned acceleration off on mouse but there is not an option for trackpad to turn it off. I don't want to download 3rd party software to fix this problem, is it possible to solve it with Terminal? I ...
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Adjust Cursor/Insertion Point Blink Rate in macOS 14 Sonoma

Since the revamp of the cursor/insertion point in macOS 14 Sonoma, it is no longer possible to change the blink rate via the terminal commands: defaults write -g NSTextInsertionPointBlinkPeriodOn -...
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How to stop cursor from blinking on Mac?

My MacBook's version is Sonoma 14.0. I hope to disable cursor blinking for as many apps on MacBook as possible, especially for Notes.app, xcode.app, and Safari.app. This question has been asked before ...
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Setting pointer size by application

Generally, I prefer to have the size of the pointer one notch above "normal," this makes it easier to spot in my high resolution display. However, when using brushes in Photoshop, this ...
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Cursor not changing to focused element after workspace change

This recently started happening in both Chrome and Safari, but with slightly different behavior in each case. Chrome: If I change spaces, and my cursor "lands" over e.g. a textarea in the ...
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Trouble with Custom Mouse Pointer Colors and Transparency / Mouse Over text

I use a giant cursor, and have it rendered as yellow outlined by red. Yeah, my vision is bad enough that I really LOVE those features! (size and color of mouse pointer) However, when I encounter ...
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Can I find help adding a rule to my Karabiner json file

I'm 85 years old. Back in the sixties I actually programmed mainframe computers in assembler language, but those days are long gone. Now I have a 2018 Mac Mini, a DasKeyboard MacSFT 3G7 keyboard, a ...
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Excel for iPad - Fill without dragging

I want to fill a range of cells but without having to drag, because I don‘t want to drag through 11525 columns. In the below screenshot, you can see the formula I want to fill along with example ...
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Accessibility: Mouse Pointer goes back to default Size during Screen Sharing (or Jump Desktop)

I need to have the mouse pointer larger than normal (I also use different colors). But when I screen share from Mac to Mac (both running Monterey), the cursor is the tiny default size. If I go into ...
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How to get rid of cursor highlight?

I held down some key for too long while I was thinking and the Mac bleeped at me to intimate that some mode had been triggered, analogous to StickyKeys or FilterKeys on Windows. Now, whenever I click, ...
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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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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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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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How do I programmatically hide the mouse cursor?

I want to be able to hide the mouse cursor programmatically. I am okay with giving any required permissions to the script. Is this operation possible on macOS?
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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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