How to enable osx mouse pointer trails like in Windows for Lion?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by kocoman, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. kocoman macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2007
    How to enable osx mouse pointer trails like in Windows for Lion?
  2. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    You can't. Apple doesn't believe in giving options.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You'd have to buy an app or program that gives you this "feature"; it's not something that exists to enable in a default OS X install.
  4. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Take a look at Hotmouse in the Mac App Store.

    Or take some more acid ;)

  5. CodeCavalier macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2011

    I guess you just have to be a Windows convert to appreciate the value of being able find that little arrow floating around your screen. Or, maybe I'm just archaic and just can't learn enough GESTURES (though I've mastered some gestures that help my driving quite a bit.) I have 3 monitors and LOTS of screen real-estate. Now that I have a Mac and OS X w/o trails, I lose my mouse on all that space several times a day--frustrating. This never used to happen to me on Windows.

    OmniDazzle, iCursor, Mouse Locator, Hotmouse, etc. all are overkill and missing the point. I don't want FIREBALLS or PIXIE DUST; and I don't want to press some weird keys to find my mouse (I dunno who thinks that's easy). I don't want foolish animations constantly blazing while I'm trying to type. And I don't want to have to take my hands off my computer for 30 seconds before I can activate my mouse finder.

    I just want a more visible mouse pointer. Is that simple enough? Doesn't anybody offer anything like that for Mac?
  6. adambrower macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2012
    mouse trail digression

    of course it's true that it would be trivial to add a mouse trail effect to any build of osx. i'm no programmer, but i'll bet i could have a go. that the Apples have never done so can mean that they are unaware that the effect exists in the Peecee world, or it can mean that they are aware of it but have disdained, in their majesty, to effect it. in any case, there are many little utilities which can help us to locate the cursor in osx, as has been pointed out, but it's also true that they are almost without exception bloated cycle hogs with garish UIs and too many "features." these observations together yield many insights into the philosophy both of the Apples and of their curiously glassy-eyed devotees.

    it is permissible to express misgivings about osx and the software written for it, as you have done, but this must be done in a properly deferential tone and larded with professions of awe. go and sin no more.
  7. pnosko macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2008
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    adambrower, I love your reply. I've been a Mac only since 2007, but still miss a few features over there that seem to be forbidden here. People that don't understand the need for a feature like this can't see outside their little comfort zone. My work form home zone has an iMac with 2nd display and a Windows laptop with a 2nd display. And my Macbook. Five screens for heavy software development where I can have and IDE, spreadsheet, documentation all with eye's reach. Sometimes you forget which screen is hiding your mouse pointer. Multiple keyboard and mice make it possible to grab the wrong one. Trails and radar on a control key press grab attention when it is really needed.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 3, 2016 ---
    I'm with you. Did you even find a reasonable solution?
  8. DevDaddyNick, May 3, 2018
    Last edited: May 3, 2018

    DevDaddyNick macrumors newbie


    May 3, 2018
    It's been more than 6 years since this post originated. As far as I can tell, this still isn't a thing. Regardless of whether you've used Windows before or not, this is an obvious thing. I've got a Macbook Pro Retina with 3 external monitors, and I lose my mouse ALL. THE. TIME. Changing the size of the mouse pointer or adding a trail should be a basic feature of the operating system, and the fact that it's not is just sad.

    For what it's worth, I just purchased Simple Mouse Locator for $0.99
  9. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
    This is possible, in System Preferences > Accessibility > Display > Cursor size. Furthermore, in OS X El Capitan Apple introduced a feature which auto-enlarges the pointer when you wiggle it, specifically to make it easier to find in multi-monitor setups.

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