The pointer changes shape depending on where it is on the screen. Most often it appears as a small black arrow with a white outline.
When the mouse pointer moves over any area where you can type it will turn into a ‘caret’ (which can be even harder to see).
‘Alt’ refers to the ‘Option’ key ( ⌥ )
If you have enabled ‘Use F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys’ under ‘Keyboard’ settings in ‘System Preferences’ then omit the ‘Fn’ key from the keyboard shortcuts shown in this article.
- Open the ‘Apple Menu’ by clicking on the Apple icon () in the Menu Bar, or press ‘Fn’ + ‘Ctrl’ + ‘F2’ to highlight the Apple icon then press ‘Enter’.
- Click to select ‘System Preferences…’ or press the down arrow key to highlight it and then press ‘Enter’.
- Click on the ‘Accessibility’ icon or press ‘Tab’ repeatedly (you might need to press ‘Fn’ + ‘Ctrl’ + ‘F7’ first) to cycle through the icons until the ‘Accessibility’ icon is highlighted with a blue border and then press the ‘Spacebar’ to select it.
- In the left-hand column, click on the ‘Display’ item under the ‘Vision’ area or press ‘Tab’ to highlight one of the options and use the arrow keys to select the ‘Display’ item.
- Click on the ‘Cursor Size’ slider to change the pointer size, or press ‘Tab’ until the slider is highlighted and use the left and right arrow keys to select your pointer size.
- When you are happy with your pointer size click the ‘Close’ (red) button at the top of the ‘Accessibility’ window or press ‘Cmd’ + ‘W’ to close the window.
Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings are managed by someone else (an IT department or administrator for example). If this is the case you will need to contact them to access these settings or for further help.