Adjust your mouse cursor’s size – OS X

OSX_March20_BThere are many different components that make up the modern computer. One of the more useful is the mouse: imagine having to navigate an operating system (OS) with the keyboard? No thanks. While the mouse is useful, there can be times where the pointer on your screen is either too big or small. If you use Apple’s OS X, you can change its size.

Here’s how you can adjust the size of your mouse cursor on both OS X 10.7 – Lion – and earlier, and 10.8 – Mountain Lion. If you are unsure of what version of OS X you have, press the Apple icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen and select About This Mac. The version number will be above the Software update button.

OS X 10.7 and earlier
Hanging your cursor’s size on older versions of OS X is done through the Universal Access panel. You can access this by:

  1. Open System Preferences by clicking on the Apple icon in the top right of the screen and selecting System Preferences.
  2. Click on Universal Access followed by Mouse or Mouse & Trackpad.
  3. Look for the slider bar labeled Cursor Size.

You can slide the blue tab left or right to either increase or decrease the size of the cursor. In OS X 10.6.8 and older, larger cursors will look blocky and pixelated, while 10.7 will show a clean lined pointer.

OS X 10.8 and later
Changing the pointer on 10.8, and presumably in new versions to come, has been changed slightly, but the results will be the same as previous versions.

  1. Open System Preferences by clicking on the Apple icon in the top right of the screen and selecting System Preferences.
  2. Click on Accessibility. You can also hit Command + Option + F5 to bring up the Accessibility menu.
  3. Select Display and look for the slider bar labeled Cursor Size.

You can slide the blue tab left of right to increase or decrease the size of the pointer.

The main reason this function exists is to help users who have trouble seeing the pointer. But, this is also convenient for businesses. For example, if you are giving a presentation that will require the audience to keep track of the pointer, you can make it bigger so your audience can see it easier. If you do choose to increase the size of your pointer, beware that if you take a screenshot, the cursor will show as it’s normal size.

This is just one of the many features that make OS X a capable system for any business. If you would like to learn more about how it can fit into your business, let us know today.

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