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How to Change Cursors in Mac OSX

Updated February 21, 2017

The cursor is a moving indicator on a computer screen that corresponds to motions you make with a mouse. In the Mac operating system, the default appearance of the cursor is a small black arrow pointing up to the left. The cursor changes appearance in certain programs, such as an I-beam in a word processor or a spinning coloured wheel when the computer is busy processing something. You can change the cursor on your Mac by enlarging it through System Preference settings or by using a third-party utility to alter its appearance.

Click on the "Apple" icon at the top left of the screen, then click on "System Preferences."

Click on "Universal Access."

Click on the "Mouse" tab.

Click on the slider located at "Cursor Size." Slide it between "Normal" and "Large" to change the size of the cursor.

Click on the red "Close" button at the top left of the Universal Access preferences window when you have finished changing the size of the cursor.

Go to the Mighty Mouse website.

Download the Mighty Mouse custom cursors application and install it on your Mac.

Click on the "Apple" icon at the top left of the screen, then click on "System Preferences."

Click on the "Mighty Mouse" preference pane, then pick a different size or appearance for your cursor. You can also choose to animate a cursor to make it easier to find on your screen.

Go to the Biggy Light website.

Download the Biggy Light application and install it on your Mac.

Click on the "Apple" icon at the top left of the screen, then click on "System Preferences."

Click on the "Biggy Light" preference pane, then click on a new cursor, such as one with 3-D colours or filled with bubbles.

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Julius Vandersteen has been a freelance writer since 1999. His work has appeared in “The Los Angeles Times,” “Wired” and “S.F. Weekly.” Vandersteen has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from San Francisco State University.