Indeed, as computer displays get bigger and sharper, on-screen mouse cursors keep getting tinier and tinier. Will they eventually shrink down to nothing? Good question.
Well, there’s an easy way to save both your eyesight and your sanity: by dipping into your system settings and boosting the size of the mouse pointer.
Here’s how to do it…
For Windows 7 or 8:
- Open the Control Panel (just type “Control Panel” from the Windows 8 “Start” screen, or click Control Panel in the Windows 7 Start menu), click the Ease of Access heading, then click the “Change how your mouse works” link.
- Next, choose from the menu of options for changing the size and color of the mouse pointer, from “Regular White” to “Extra Large Inverting.”
- All set? Click the Apply button.
- Want to make the Windows cursor even more obvious? Go back to the Control Panel, click the “Hardware and Sound” heading, then click the Mouse link under “Devices and Printers.”
- In the “Mouse Properties” window that opens, click the Pointers tab, then select “Magnified (system scheme)” in the Scheme pull-down menu.
- Click the Apply button—and when you do, the jumbo-size cursor should now have a thick black outline.
- Open the Apple menu (just click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of the page), then select System Preferences.
- Click the Accessibility icon, select Display in the left column, then try moving the Cursor Size slider; when you do, the mouse cursor will start to grow, and grow, and grow.
- Satisfied? Just close the window.
Note: This updated and expanded tip was first published in August 2012.