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

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.