Skip to content

Call our free helpline

0800 048 7642
How to make the mouse pointer larger in Apple OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

How to make the mouse pointer larger in Apple OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

In some cases it is even less easy to see. For example, over any area where you can type it turns into a 'I' cursor (called an ' I-beam ').

Note:Mac key convention: ' Ctrl ' is used for 'Control', ' Apple ' is used for 'Command' and ' Alt ' is used for the 'Option' key.

Note:For keyboard access make sure ' Full keyboard access ' is turned on - you can turn it on or off; by pressing ' Ctrl ' + ' F1 ' at any time.

Step 1

  • Make sure you are in ' Finder ' - press ' Apple ' + ' Tab ' if necessary to cycle through open applications until you return to ' Finder '.
  • Click on the 'Apple ' menu or press ' Ctrl ' + ' F2 '.
  • Click on ' System Preferences... ' as shown in Fig 1 or press the down arrow key to highlight it and then press ' Enter '.


Fig 1

Step 2

  • Click on the ' Universal Access ' icon or press ' Tab ' repeatedly (you might need to press ' Ctrl ' + ' F7 ' first) to cycle through the icons until the ' Universial Access ' icon is highlighted with a blue border as shown in Fig 2 and then press the ' Spacebar '.


Fig 2

  • Click on the ' Mouse ' or‘Mouse and Trackpad’ if using a laptop tab or press ' Ctrl ' + ' F7 ' (once or twice) to highlight one of the four tabs for example ' Keyboard ' and then press the left or right arrow key to select the ' Mouse ' tab (highlighted in blue).
  • Click on the ' Cursor Size: ' gauge bar as shown in Fig 3 to change the pointer size, or press ' Tab ' to reach the gauge bar and use the left and right arrow keys to select your pointer size.
  • When you are happy with your pointer click the ' Close ' (red) button at the top of the ' Universal Access ' window or press ' Apple ' + ' W ' to close the window and return to the Finder desktop.


Fig 3

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.

Created on: April-18-2013

Need some more help?

Call our free helpline 0800 048 7642 or email enquiries@abilitynet.org.uk

Need free IT Support at Home?

If you are older or disabled and need IT support at home, you can book a free home visit.