The most useless El Capitan feature

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  1. mactumors macrumors 6502

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    Does the shake your finger to find your cursor feature work for anyone? I feel like you have to do it so fast that it's just useless.
     
  2. Aneef macrumors regular

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    Nope. Neither does the new Spotlight. It's just the same as in Yosemite
     
  3. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Unless you have poor or limited vision, it`s just pointless feature and should be off by default, equally for those that need the feature it should be easy to activate. To me it`s an accessibility feature, not a primary improvement, yet it was prime time on the Keynote, starting to think Apple is simply running out of good ideas for OS X...

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    You can thank the people who complained in early beta who said it was too easy to activate. Apple reduced the sensitivity, and then in a later build even added the option to disable it. But they never returned the sensitivity back that they reduced.
     
  5. KALLT macrumors 601

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    Because it was too sensitive. If your pointer speed was set at a certain multiplier it would activate the feature just by moving the cursor. When a feature interferes with normal operation then it doesn’t work well.


    Works fine for me, although I have disabled it. You just need to shake your mouse quickly, just practice it for a few minutes.
     
  6. leman macrumors 604

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    It works fine for me and I use it occasionally. I actually wished for a feature like this for a long time :D To activate it, move the cursor in a quick circular motion.
     
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    At work I use a 30" display attached to a 15" MacBook Pro, with both screens active. This feature definitely isn't useless.
     
  9. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    The cursor shake works for me, but the "new" spotlight is a disappointment overall for me.
     
  10. AtheistP3ace macrumors 6502a

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    This doesn't even work me and I can't figure out why. Its on. I found the setting. Doesn't matter how fast I shake magic mouse the pointer does not grow in size. Can't imagine I would use it much but I was excited to shake my mouse and see it happen. lol. Call me weird. I just was. =[
     
  11. Morpheo macrumors 65816

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    Works fine here. I have two monitors and most of the time use apps with dark UIs. Comes handy every once in a while.
     
  12. MacMan988 macrumors 6502a

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    True. My finger will be shorter in few months if I keep using that feature.
     
  13. AtheistP3ace macrumors 6502a

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    So is using the trackpad a requirement? Having an external monitor attached?
     
  14. chfilm macrumors 65816

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    THAT IS A FEATURE???? lol I just sent a bug report to Apple because I got so f***n annoyed by the huge cursor I sometimes got. How can I deactivate this??
     
  15. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Look in accessibility

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  16. TurboPGT! macrumors 68000

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    It is almost frightening when you read the things that people think are worth posting. Like, I can't even imagine having this THOUGHT, let alone having it, letting it bother me, and then going on the internet to tell others about it.

    It scares me. It really does.
     
  17. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    So that's what that was. I thought I was a little too tired when I saw that last night.
     
  18. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    The most useless feature, IMO, is the new Disk Utility.

    Why break something that was great just for the sake of change?
     
  19. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    Did not know about that feature but now that I tried it works great. It just makes the cursor about ten times bigger,
     
  20. Wheelie4 macrumors regular

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    It's not necessarily useless. Some people are visually impaired and this feature comes in very handy for them. If you don't need it nobody is forcing you to use it. It's there for those who need it or that could use it. It's an option. If you don't see the need for don't use it. But at least is there for those who could benefit from it. :)
     
  21. dogslobber macrumors 68020

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    I can get it to activate with an external mouse but can't get it to work with the trackpad on a 13" MBP. Maybe the latter is a feature and not a bug?
     
  22. dyn macrumors 68030

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    I think you guys are misunderstanding the feature here. This is about shaking the mouse/finger on trackpad to make the cursor grow. This is not the feature to make the cursor bigger in general (you can find them both in the accessibility options). The latter one is for people who are visually impaired, the former is for everyone.

    The only reason why we have this feature is because a lot of people lose track of the cursor. Either because they use a multidisplay setup, a huge display, are distracted or any combination of those. It is an easier and quicker method than scanning the entire display(s) to find the cursor. Even with a huge cursor you won't find it. The fact that it 1. moves and 2. changes size is what makes people notice it, not the fact that it is big.
     
  23. smithrh macrumors 68020

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    I use 2 27" screens. While I don't usually lose the normal cursor, it's quite easy to lose the text insertion cursor, as it's "wafer thin" and hard to see overall.

    So, not a useless feature at all.
     
  24. Wheelie4 macrumors regular

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    I knew it does not make the pointer bigger. I'm aware that in system preferences under accessibility there is a feature to enlarge the pointer. I'm aware it is just too quickly find location of the pointer. And by the way it works for me but I don't use it because I don't need. I normally don't have a problem finding the pointer. :)
     
  25. dyn macrumors 68030

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    Me neither. I use a Wacom tablet so all I have to do is tap the pen somewhere I expect the cursor to be :)
     

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