How to Disable the Giant "Shake to Find" Cursor in MacOS

Zach Zach (249)
2 minutes

At this point, we could make a whole series here on Howchoo on removing distractions like the Creative Cloud icon or the start screen in Adobe Illustrator. We hate them that much! The giant cursor is another one.

By default, the cursor in macOS and OS X gets really big when you shake the mouse or when you move it too quickly. This feature allows you to find your cursor by shaking the mouse but mostly it's just distracting.

This short guide will show you how to disable the giant cursor.

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Accessibility settings

Open System Preferences and click on Accessibility.

macOS cursor settings

Select Display in the sidebar and then select the Cursor tab.

Disabling giant cursor

Uncheck the Shake mouse pointer to locate checkbox to prevent the cursor from getting bigger when you shake your mouse.

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