In macOS, Apple allows you to easily increase the size of the mouse or trackpad cursor on the screen, which is great if you find it difficult to keep track of. Keep reading to learn how.

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If you're having a hard time working out when the cursor on your Mac's screen moves or changes to an insertion point, crosshair, hand, or other shape, it's worth making it bigger.

Making the on-screen cursor bigger than the default size can be really helpful to users with visual impairments, but it can also make things more fun if a child is using a computer for the first time. The following steps show you how it's done.

  1. Launch System Preferences from your Mac's Dock, from the Applications folder, or from the Apple menu bar ( -> System Preferences...).
  2. Click the Accessibility preference pane.
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  3. In the side column, under "Vision," click Display.
  4. Click the Pointer tab in the window of options.
  5. Drag the slider labeled "Pointer size:" further to the right of the scale to make the cursor bigger. You should see the change take effect immediately.
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Note that there's also a checkbox option in the same pane called Shake mouse pointer to locate, which causes the cursor to grow bigger for a short while when you shake it from side to side on the screen, making it easier to see where it is. If you wish, you can also customize the pointer by using the color swatches to further change its appearance.

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