Disabling shake-to-find-cursor?

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  1. PowerBook-G5, Jun 14, 2015
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    PowerBook-G5 macrumors 65816

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    Does anyone know of a way to disable the "shake to locate cursor" feature in El Capitan? I'm not on the beta yet, but was wondering about this.

    EDIT: It appears that it has been found! I'm not on the El Capitan beta, so I can't test it. Here's the code:

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    defaults write ~/Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences CGDisableCursorLocationMagnification -bool YES
    
    This was first posted in this thread by @ps3zocker. Hopefully this works!
     
  2. LewisChapman macrumors 6502a

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    Not that I can find. It isn't an annoying feature though, you can't accidentally do it.
     
  3. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    Lewis is right. A person is not going to be beset with the locate cursor feature happening all the time accidentally, that I can see. It takes willful action to engage it. At least that has been my experience.
     
  4. X--X macrumors 6502

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    You can
    You can. If you're a graphic designer for example painting with the mouse.
     
  5. LewisChapman macrumors 6502a

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    That's a very good point that I overlooked. Maybe Apple will add an option to disable the feature in future releases.

    Wouldn't a graphic designer be using a tablet device? Do we know whether this 'shake to find' feature appears when scribbling with a connected tablet?
     
  6. Centsy macrumors regular

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    I seem to set it off all the time for some reason when moving the mouse across 3 monitors.
     
  7. KALLT macrumors 601

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    Maybe in the accessibility settings? That's where I would look.

    Is it actually useful? I was scratching my head when Federighi showed this 'feature'. It's something I would expect to find in the 'All the little things' thread, not in a keynote.
     
  8. PowerBook-G5 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I would think there's some kind of command you can put in the Terminal to disable it.
     
  9. redheeler macrumors 603

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    I agree there should be a way to disable it, at least to keep myself from playing with it :)
    The idea behind it makes sense (it's possible to lose track of where the cursor is, especially on larger screens), but the truth is that it isn't a hugely needed feature. Otherwise it would have been added long before now.
     
  10. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    It's probably a big deal for people with 6 monitors.
     
  11. MikhailT macrumors 601

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    It definitely happens all the time on bigger screens but also if you're on a dark screen since the cursor is black. As you shake, the white border becomes more thicker and easy to find.

    I am using it dozens of time per day to find my cursor already so far. My family constantly do the shake to find their cursor. So, this is a brilliant feature to have.
     
  12. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    I agree with what others are saying. This is handy, and very useful, especially the mouse is hiding somewhere on the screen.
     
  13. aevan macrumors 68000

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    The shake to find feature does activate when using a Wacom tablet (no matter what you do, it is simply disabled), only the mouse. So, not really an issue for those using tablets, but I can imagine if anyone is using a mouse in that way it can be a problem.
     
  14. TETENAL macrumors member

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    No, you can't, because that feature doesn't activate when the mouse button is down.
     
  15. LewisChapman macrumors 6502a

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    Well pointed out. This makes sense.
     
  16. TheBuffather macrumors 6502

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    This. Plus: gaming. There are plenty of times while gaming that this could be annoying.
     
  17. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    So it enables even if the mouse is held down? That seems like quite the oversight...
     
  18. redheeler macrumors 603

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    No, as @TETENAL already noted above, it doesn't.
     
  19. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Thanks, I read that immediately after I posted. Sorry about that.
     
  20. Centsy macrumors regular

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    I still would rather have the option to disable it since I accidentally trigger it more often than I intentionally trigger it.
     
  21. matov macrumors newbie

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    I have 2 large screens and I find it very useful. Switching to windows and already missing the feature.
     
  22. kissmo macrumors 6502a

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    I agree. I had similar experience. In some scenarios it can be annoying.
     
  23. Manderby macrumors 6502a

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    When you present things or even simply try to show something to your office mates, you frequently perform a circling gesture. The mouse enlargement is quite annoying then.

    I would like to have an option to turn it off too. That's what betas are here for.

    Submit a feedback to apple. The only question is how. Why do they make it so difficult? Is there another way than bugreporter?
     
  24. SmOgER macrumors 6502a

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    But why would you want to disable the main selling point of El Capitan? :(
     
  25. Lazeran macrumors newbie

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    This feature very annoying in games especially some fps and moba games. Is there anyone who knows how to disable it?
     

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