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Stop Your Cursor From Enlarging in OS X El Capitan

Posted by Lou TarDisk on 2017-07-10

OS X El Capitan has a new feature that might confuse you a bit the first time you use it:  the “shake to locate cursor” option, which temporarily makes your mouse or trackpad cursor much larger, making it easier to locate if you lose track of it.

It can be helpful for users with large or high-resolution displays, or those using multi-monitor setups. Other users may find it annoying or distracting, especially if they are accustomed to rapidly moving their mouse or trackpad cursor in a particular app. If you don't like or need this feature, you can disable it with a quick trip to System Preferences. Here’s how:

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First, launch System Preferences by going to the Apple logo on the top left of your menu bar and select System Preferences. Then navigate to "Accessibility" > "Display". Here, you’ll find the option labeled "Shake mouse pointer to locate" that will be enabled by default. Just turn it off and that's it!

Do you find the shake mouse pointer annoying or useful? Let us know below in the comments section!


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