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Cursor freezes for a split second around every 10 seconds

I've had something like this issue (with the mouse freezing momentarily every few seconds), and it was related to my second screen. If I left this second screen turned off after waking the Mac from ...
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Cursor freezes for a split second around every 10 seconds

My cursor was also freezing intermittently and it was also related to my multi-screen display. I unplugged my monitors and replugged them in and this solved the issue. I use a Macbook Pro and 2 Dell ...
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Any other way to move cursor to the end of line, instead of <Cmd>+<right-arrow>

I am using Ctrl+e to move to the last letter and Ctrl+a to move to the first letter. Remember that Emacs commands, work also in the Terminal.
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Mac OS Big Sur - mouse stutter (not a Bluetooth problem)

I was having the same issue. Problem was being caused by using a secondary monitor that was connected to the USB3.1 slot of my iMac. (Display-to-USB3.1) For me the problem was solved after ...
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Cursor freezes for a split second around every 10 seconds

I had the same issue which drove me crazy. I checked everything about my Mac and external display, but in the end the problem had been found with an external USB-C hub connected to my mac. Unplugging ...
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Jittery macOS mouse cursor when hovering over links

So happy to hear I'm not the only one with this issue. Bought a new MacBook Pro 16 inch earlier this year in May, having that issue since. After I bought it, I noticed the issue. Contacted Apple, ...
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Jittery macOS mouse cursor when hovering over links

thank you very much for the thorough documentation of the issue. I have got the same issue with my MacBook Pro 16'' 2019 and it has been driving me nuts! I came across this forum post and was able to ...
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Cursor freezes for a split second around every 10 seconds

I've had that happen to my own Mac and typically for me it was due to a high system load or something else locking the system (like a hard drive failing for example). Here is a comprehensive list of ...
David Baverstock's user avatar
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How to increase cursor size programmatically?

Unfortunately the command line command defaults, which can read and or write the value of the mouseDriverCursorSizekey in thecom.apple.universalaccess .plist file, the write command, e.g. defaults ...
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Cursor freezes for a split second around every 10 seconds

I had this difficulty with a brand new MacBook Pro (2018). I found the stuttering was connected to my use of a USB-C breakout box I had attached. Even if other accessories were not attached to the ...
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Cusor won't react to hyperlinks when using Safari

Believe it or not, Photoshop is the culprit here. Turn Photoshop off and the hand will appear....it has something to do with assigning shortcuts to different apps... Anyway thats what happens to me......
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Jittery macOS mouse cursor when hovering over links

This answer is an attempt to simplify and summarize the solution provided in other answers and websites: 1, 2, 3. MacOS cursor files are located in frameworks in the Systems directory: /System/...
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AppleScript: How to open text file and move cursor to specific location (signaled by specific character)?

I don't know if there's an easy or pretty way to do what you're asking. In other words, you can't just simply say something like open target file and move cursor to first empty line, however the code ...
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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?

Drying out is “hopefully” a good solution if it’s not coming into contact with electrical connections. However, this is rarely the case. How to log in using external keyboard on MacBook Pro I got ...
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Mac OS Big Sur - mouse stutter (not a Bluetooth problem)

My laggy mouse seemed to be related to my USB3.0 external hard drive. This is explained in this blog post. I ejected the drive and unplugged it, which seemed to make the lagging go away. I am using: ...
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Cursor lag or sticky effect on links

This happened to me when my cursor size was above normal. Check System Preferences > Accessibility > Display.
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Any other way to move cursor to the end of line, instead of <Cmd>+<right-arrow>

An appropriate tool to modify shortcuts or keybindings is Karabiner. Be aware that until now (Dec 2016) the app is not compatible with 10.12 Sierra. So download and install the app (direct d/l link) ...
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How to diagnose insertion point/trackpad jitters?

I'm sure you've read Apple's support documentation on this issue by now and have had no luck. Since the issue wasn't resolved even after reinstalling macOS from scratch and booting into safe mode, ...
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Cursor freezes for a split second around every 10 seconds

I've had this issue for quite some time and for the life of me couldn't have thought it was due to my second monitor. I used to connect my second monitor and I regularly switch it off if I feel I don'...
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Is there a way to temporarily enlarge the mouse pointer like Apple's "Shake to find" does?

There is way to increase the size of your cursor, but it will stay that size until you change it again. Maybe making the cursor a little bigger will help? Go to System Preferences and click ...
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Jittery macOS mouse cursor when hovering over links

This is probably a bug that you can report via radar to Apple. The issue is that the location for the hit test for the two icons is in a different place. For the pointer, the hit test is in the top ...
AlBlue's user avatar
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Mac OS Big Sur - mouse stutter (not a Bluetooth problem)

I've never used any Bluetooth mice or trackpads, I only had a Bluetooth speaker. Anyway, resetting bluetooth daemon using the command below did the trick: the stutter is gone! sudo pkill bluetoothd P....
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How do I change the mouse's i-beam cursor in Xcode 7.3

Here's the solution that works for me thanks to a GitHub link provided by @aldryd: https://github.com/egold/better-xcode-ibeam-cursor/issues/16 GitHub user sokobania provides the following steps: ...
Dan Beaulieu's user avatar
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Cursor freezes for a split second around every 10 seconds

Was happening with mine too. So I disconnected my second screen, and the problem ceased. Reconnected, and it's okay now.
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How to increase cursor size programmatically?

Here is the Javascript code for macOS Monterey: function fn() { const cursorSizeSmall = 1 const cursorSizeLarge = 4 const isRunningSystemPreferences = Application('System Preferences'...
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Why cursor pointer size not getting small on Mac OS X sierra?

Please try going to System Preferences->Accesssibility->Display: Slide the Cursor size knob towards Normal. Does your cursor change size while you are sliding it? If so you can make it smaller that ...
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Trackpad cursor moving around on its own and clicking anywhere

To answer your question, the part you linked should work with your MacBook Pro. Before purchasing a new trackpad, I would suggest you try a few troubleshooting steps. Reset the SMC Resetting the SMC ...
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What's the difference, in Apple parlance, between a Cursor and a Mouse Pointer?

Apple (and the computer industry as a whole) is using the two terms to mean the same thing. Going to the full extreme and setting the "cursor size" as large as you can, you can see that the ...
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Mac OS Big Sur - mouse stutter (not a Bluetooth problem)

I have this problem for sometimes. Really annoying, especially when working on photoshop. I have external monitor attached. And using my Macbook Pro 16 in Clamshell mode. Use USB docking (baseus 16 ...
Ahmad Firdausi's user avatar
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Mac OS Big Sur - mouse stutter (not a Bluetooth problem)

So the solution for me was to unplug the hdmi monitor cable from my vava dock, once I did that the mouse became smooth again. I didn't need the hdmi connection because I use a usb-c to display port ...
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