Enlarge mouse-pointer ?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by paieye, Nov 1, 2016.

  1. paieye macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2008
    My sight is by no means as good as it once was, so I have enlarged the mouse-pointer in System Preferences. However, the mouse-pointer that appears immediately after booting up this notebook remains tiny, and at times I have great difficulty in seeing it. Is there any means of enlarging it ?
  2. paieye thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2008
    There is indeed a means of enlarging the mouse-pointer, at any rate in El Capitan. Slide your forefinger very fast from side to side on the trackpad. This will enlarge the mouse-pointer to a very large and conspicuous size for long enough for one to see and use it.
  3. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    I don’t think the cursor size can be set for the pre-login stage. Are you using FileVault?
  4. Bruno09, Nov 2, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2016

    Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here
    There is a mean to enlarge the pointer for the pre-login stage.

    Enable the root user session, login in this session, go to System Preferences / Accessibility to set the pointer size to taste.

    Reboot and enjoy your large pointer.

    (You can use the same way to activate touch-to-click for the pre-login stage, as I did)
  5. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    You should never login into the system (GUI) as root, it is just too dangerous. However, your idea does work. You can set the cursor size locally, for all users. This actually works in the pre-login screen as well (just tested it).

    To do so, first get your current cursor size with this command:
    defaults read com.apple.universalaccess mouseDriverCursorSize

    This should return a number on the next line. Then you simply add that number in this command here (just replace the 1.0 at the end with that number):
    sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.universalaccess mouseDriverCursorSize -float 1.0

    To confirm:
    defaults read /Library/Preferences/com.apple.universalaccess mouseDriverCursorSize

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