How to Change Cursors in Mac OSX

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How to Change Cursors in Mac OSX
Change the cursor on your Mac. ("success" button with cursor image by Jaroslav Machacek from Fotolia.com)

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.

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Instructions

    System Preferences

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    Click on "Universal Access."

  3. 3

    Click on the "Mouse" tab.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    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.

    Mighty Mouse

  1. 1

    Go to the Mighty Mouse website.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    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.

    Biggy Light

  1. 1

    Go to the Biggy Light website.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    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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