Locate Mouse Cursor Quickly in macOS by Shaking the Mouse

Sometimes it is not easy to find the mouse cursor on the computer screen because the small black pointer gets hidden within a number of colorful objects being displayed on the screen. In those situations, we try to move the mouse around but the small mouse pointer eludes detection. Fortunately, macOS has a handy feature using which we can quickly locate the mouse cursor on the screen simply by shaking the mouse rapidly. This feature makes it very easy to find the missing mouse cursor on the computer screen in just a few seconds.

When this feature is enabled, we can shake the mouse side-to-side or back and forth in quick movements. This will make the mouse pointer larger in an animated fashion. Our eyes can now locate the larger mouse cursor easily. As long as we keep shaking the mouse, the animation and momentarily enlargement of the cursor will continue.

Here is how we can enable (or disable) the quick mouse cursor locator in macOS:

  1. Click on the Apple menu and select System Preferences from there.
  2. From the system preferences window, select the Accessibility category.
  3. Under the accessibility window, select the Display section.
  4. On the right-side select the checkbox labeled Shake mouse pointer to locate.Shake Mouse to Locate Cursor

It starts to work right away, as soon as you select the checkbox. Now when you shake the mouse cursor, you will be able to locate it instantly on your screen. In the future, if you want to disable this feature, you can again go through the same steps and disable this feature. It works with an external wired mouse, a wireless mouse and even with the touchpad. In case of the touchpad, we cannot shake the device but we can always move the touching finger back and forth rapidly and it will have the same effect.